The Press Association Limited reported US thrash metal legends Metallica – on the eve of their headline slot at Leeds – won the Inspiration award.
Presenting the award in London, Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan, said: “Every artist you have seen tonight has been influenced by this band and their classic albums.”
Lars Ulrich added: “There are so many people in this room that inspire us and keep us alive, so I just want to thank everyone for keeping Metallica alive.”
Rage Against The Machine won the Hall of Fame award, which has previously been bagged by Judas Priest and AC/DC, while Slipknot collected the Kerrang! Icon award.
Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor dedicated the award to the band’s drummer Joey Jordison, who was absent due to a broken ankle.
Taylor said: “I’m speechless. I don’t know what to say. I wish there was more of us here. I just showed up for the booze.”
Jordison’s injury has forced the ‘Knot to cancel their Leeds and Reading appearances and the remainder of this summer’s European tour.