The annual heavy metal and hard rock award show is taking the stage in Los Angeles on April 20 and yesterday the nominees were announced.

Revolver's Golden Gods award show has been a staple in the heavy metal community since 2009.  Unlike other awards shows like the Grammy's that continually snub heavy metal and hard rock artists, the Golden Gods is the real deal.  Yesterday host of the awards show, Chris Jericho (FOZZY front man, WWE wrestler), announced the nominees for this years show.  Also on hand to help with the press conference was Alice Cooper, Mick Mars(Motley Crue), Wendy Dio, Sebastian  Bach and skate boarder Mike Vallely. One one of the best things about the Golden Gods is that the metal fans get a say in voting, which is nice since we have no control over things like the Grammy's, Billboard and American Music awards.  Rob Zombie, Jerry Cantrell, Vinnie Paul, Yngwie Malmsteen and many more are expected to attend.

At the press conference Jericho revealed that Alice Cooper would be receiving 'Golden God' award, a sort of lifetime achievement award.  For the first time this year they will be giving out the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award and that honor will be going to Motley Crue.  Here are some of the other categories and their nominees.

Best Guitarist:
-John 5 (Rob Zombie)
-Dan Donegan (Disturbed)
-Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne)
-Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
-Janick Gers, Dave Murray, and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
-Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)

Best Drummer:
-Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy)
-Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
-Joey Jordison (Rob Zombie)
-Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
-Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
-Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold)

Best Vocalist:
-Glen Danzig (Danzig)
-Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
-Chino Moreno (Deftones)
-Ozzy Osbourne
-M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
-Corey Taylor (Stone Sour)

Album of the Year:
-Avenged Sevenfold-Nightmare
-Black Label Society-Order of the Black
-Deftones-Diamond Eyes
-Ozzy Osbourne-Scream
-Stone Sour-Audio Secrecy
-Volbeat-Beyond Hell/Above heaven

Best Live Band:
-Avenged Sevenfold
-Iron Maiden

Comeback of the Year:
-Faith No More
-A Perfect Circle
-System of a Down

For a look at all the categories and nominees you can click here.  To vote on the nominees head to Revolver