Mike Portnoy, former Dream Theater drummer, has been named best drummer in one competition several times over.
The Drummies awarded him the top spot in both "Drummer Of The Year" and "Metal Drummer" categories, and was a close runner up in "Progressive Drummer" and "DVD Of The Year".
It continues his successful run of winning "Drummer Of The Year" from both the Revolver Golden Gods awards and and Drum! Magazine. Modern Drummer magazine also awarded him "MVP Of The Year".
"This is truly an honour", Mike said in a statement (via Blabbermouth). "The fans have spoken: [Mike Portnoy] ain't goin nowhere!!! You guys are the best... I will continue to make you proud!"
Reflecting on his year, Mike says it's been hard to be dragged through the press and in 2011 he's seen highs and lows:
"The thing that breaks my heart is that some of the fans rely more on what's reported about me than what I'm actually saying at the moment", he told Noisecreep. "I see all these sensational headlines on certain web sites that misrepresent what I'm doing, and there are fans that react to that without knowing the real truth."
He continued: "This past year for me featured the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. I mean, after spending 25 years in Dream Theater, something I'll never be more proud of, and then the experience with Avenged Sevenfold, it's been some pretty extreme emotional stuff."
Here's the winners of the Drummies in full.
Drummer Of The Year