List of awards and nominations received by Megadeth

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Megadeth awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Genesis Awards
1 1
Grammy Awards
1 12
Loudwire Music Awards
2 4
Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
2 5
Revolver Golden Gods Awards
1 3
Kerrang! Awards
1 1
Awards won 8
Nominations 25

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, following Mustaine's expulsion from Metallica. The band has since released fourteen studio albums, four live albums, two extended plays, five compilation albums, one box set, and numerous singles and music videos.

Megadeth rose to international fame in the late 1980s. Megadeth, alongside Anthrax, Metallica, and Slayer, is ranked as one of the "Big Four" of thrash metal, whose commercial success led to popularization of the genre.[1] As an early pioneer of thrash metal, Megadeth is regarded as one of the progenitors for the burgeoning extreme metal movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s.[2] With 50 million records sold worldwide, Megadeth is considered to be one of the most successful American heavy metal bands.[3]

Over the course of its career, Megadeth has earned twelve Grammy nominations.[4] In 1993, the title track of the fifth studio album, Countdown to Extinction, was awarded with the Humane Society's Genesis Award for dealing with issues of animal welfare.

Genesis Awards

The Genesis Awards are awarded annually by The Humane Society of the United States. Megadeth has received the award once.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1993 Countdown to Extinction Doris Day Music Award[5] Won

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Megadeth has received one award from twelve nominations.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1991 Rust in Peace Best Metal Performance[6][7] Nominated
1992 "Hangar 18" Nominated
1993 Countdown to Extinction Nominated
1994 "Angry Again" Nominated
1995 "99 Ways to Die" Nominated
1996 "Paranoid" Nominated
1998 "Trust" Nominated
2010 "Head Crusher" Nominated
2011 "Sudden Death" Nominated
2012 "Public Enemy No. 1" Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance[8][9] Nominated
2013 "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" Nominated
2017 "Dystopia" Best Metal Performance Won

Loudwire Music Awards

The Loudwire Music Awards are awarded annually by the American online magazine Loudwire since 2011. Megadeth received two awards out of four nominations.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Thirteen Metal Album of the Year[10] Won
"Public Enemy No. 1" Metal Song of the Year[10] Won
Metal Video of the Year[10] Nominated
Megadeth Artist of the Year[10] Nominated

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards are awarded annually by the British music magazine Metal Hammer. Megadeth's frontman Dave Mustaine has been nominated twice, and won once; the band was also nominated for the award.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 Dave Mustaine Riff Lord[11][12] Nominated
2008 Won
Megadeth Best Live Band[13] Nominated
2015 Best International Band[citation needed] Nominated
2015 Dave Mustaine Golden God[citation needed] Won

Revolver Golden Gods Awards

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards are awarded annually by the American music magazine Revolver. Dave Mustaine has received the award once. In 2016 the event was renamed as the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 Dave Mustaine Golden God[14] Won
2010 Endgame Album of the Year[citation needed] Nominated
2011 Megadeth Best Live Band[citation needed] Nominated
2016 Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist[15] Won
2016 Dave Mustaine Lifetime Achievement[16] Won

Kerrang! Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 Dave Mustaine Classic Songwriter Won

Other recognitions

  • 2000 – VH1 ranked Megadeth at number 69 on their "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list.[17]
  • 2004 – Guitar World ranked Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman at number 19 on the list of "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time".[18]
  • 2006 – MTV gave Megadeth an honorable mention as one of the "Greatest Metal Bands".[19]
  • 2013 – Loudwire ranked Megadeth third among the "10 Best Thrash Metal Bands of All Time".[20]


  1. ^ Walser, Robert (1993). Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music. Wesleyan University Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-8195-6260-2. 
  2. ^ Phillipov, Michelle (2012). Death Metal and Music Criticism: Analysis at the Limits. Lexington Books. p. 15. ISBN 0-7391-6461-9. 
  3. ^ Baron, Neil (December 12, 2013). "Concert preview: Metal pioneers Megadeth remain viable". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Baltin, Steve (May 31, 2013). "A Super Collision With Megadeth's Dave Mustaine". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Megadeth 'Countdown to Extinction: Live' To Be Released Worldwide on September 24". Business Wire. 28 August 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Awards Database". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Metal Performance". Rock on the Net. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hartmann, Graham (December 1, 2011). "Mastodon, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Foo Fighters Nominated for Best Hard Rock / Metal Grammy Performance". Loudwire. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (December 5, 2012). "2013 Grammy Nominees for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance: Anthrax, Halestorm, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson + Megadeth". Loudwire. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d Loudwire Staff (January 2, 2012). "Megadeth Win Two 2011 Loudwire Music Awards". Loudwire. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lamb of God, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Machine Head Among 'Golden Gods' Nominees". April 10, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards: Complete List of Winners". June 17, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2008 Nominees Announced". April 9, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2009. 
  14. ^ Carman, Keith (April 8, 2009). "Isis, Metallica, Slipknot Winners At the Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 10, 2009. 
  15. ^ (December 14, 2016). "METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLIPKNOT Among Winners At Revolver Music Awards". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ (December 14, 2016). "METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLIPKNOT Among Winners At Revolver Music Awards". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ "VH1: 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists: 51–100". Rock On The Net. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ Guitar World staff (January 23, 2004). "Guitar World's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time". Guitar World. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "Greatest Metal Bands - Honorable Mentions". MTV. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  20. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (August 15, 2013). "10 Best Thrash Metal Bands of All Time". Loudwire. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
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