UG Awards: Vote For Person Of The Year

Which rockstar represents everything good about 2012? Post your nomination in the comments and we'll pay tribute to them with an official UG Award.

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As part of our forthcoming UG Awards 2012 post, we're asking readers to vote in a new category each day for a special post over the holidays.

Today's category:

Who deserves to win Person Of The Year?

We want you to place a nomination and your reasoning in the comments. Remember to upvote any nominations you agree with. The one with the highest number of up votes wins the award.

We admit, this is a tough category. Maybe you think Dave Grohl's efforts to document Sound City studio deserve an award, or you want to credit Laura-Jane Grace with her bravery in talking about her gender transformation. Whoever you nominate, try to add a line about why you chose them, and we'll include it in the final award post.


You can vote for any individual from the music world. We prefer serious nominations, unless you're a genius.

Voting tips

- Place ONE nominations per comment, or the upvotes won't count. You can place as many nominations as you want across different comments, though.

- Do a quick search of the page to make sure someone else didn't already nominate that person. Just scroll down to the bottom so all the comments have loaded, then do a search on the page (ctrl-f on a PC, cmd-f on a mac) for their name.

You're welcome to discuss the topic in the comments and reply to nominations, as usual.

Remember to vote in our other award categories too. The list so far:

Band Of The Year

Guitarist Of The Year

Best New Act

Best Comeback

Biggest Drama Of 2012

Best Live Event

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    this smart ug-guy/girl that finally made editing & all it's opportunities possible.
    [offtop] now you can edit your post after sending. enjoy [/offtop]
    HOORAH! I also just edited this post. Yes!
    Randy Blythe, for all the shit he's gone through.
    Yeah right, Hey you killed a guy, but it was an accident so you're the person of the year Lets be real here people.
    saw LOG on tour the other day, that guy sounds pretty humble imo. he didnt bring up the charges, and i respect him for not seeking sympathy outright.
    Darth Wader
    Bruce Springsteen...for being 63 years old and still putting out new amazing music, not to mention one of the best albums of 2012 with "Wrecking Ball."
    Brendon Small for juggling Season 4 of Metalocalypse, writing the album for it and releasing his own solo album all in one year.
    hopefully people look this far down. i nominate pussy riot, i have no idea what they sound like, and frankly i dont really care. to stand up against your government, let alone the russian government, and do what they did takes some major stones.
    Randy Blythe, that man has been through a lot this past year.
    It's not a pity contest.
    Whoever said it's a pity contest? Nominating him would be to honor him for pulling through and defending himself from being wrongfully accused of manslaughter. On the other hand, a real pity contest would be for Ted Nugent and his neverending ignorance and stupidity.
    Tony Iommi, he just continuously inspires! "Oh look, I lost a finger.. I'll just replace it and keep playing!" "Ooops, I'm in my 60's and have cancer... well, f*ck it! I'll do this reunion and write a whole new album!" Seriously, just keeping that much of a levelled head over everything like that is worthy of praise from anyone. I know there's a lot of votes for Randy Blythe.. but why? He's made a couple of court appearances? Not quite as deserving, I mean, he's essentially getting praise from you all for having possibly accidentally killed someone, that's not worthy for "Person of the year"
    Tony Iommi. I mean, he's got cancer and still he went on with the Sabbath reunion, even after all that mess with Bill... And although I'm not into Lamb of God at all, I'd say Randy Blythe, for handling all his shit with the law greatly.
    Good job on making your irrelevant nomination (repeated artists) even more irrelevant than it already was (more than one artist mentioned).
    Blues Hippie
    Santa Claus, he puts the new gear under the tree, and inspires kindness and a good heart
    Chino Moreno For releasing new material with Crosses(), Deftones, and announcing new material he's working on with the guys from Isis for their new superband; Palms. That and a possible Team Sleep reunion.
    Honestly, PSY takes the cake whether you like it or not. What happened to Randy was just unfortunate. PSY was a cultural phenomenon. If a BILLION youtube views isn't indicative of something praiseworthy, then I don't know what is.
    so hes person of the year because lots of people have seen him?
    Better than being person of the year for accidentally killing a guy.
    Whether his actions directly led to the death of that kid or not, people aren't voting for him because of anything he did. They're voting for him because something unpleasant happened to him, and he seems to have kept his composure throughtout the ordeal. He didn't really do anything of significance in the past year, though. It's a pity vote. Nothing more; nothing less.
    I gather marcelaguiar is referring to how Psy made people aware of both a genre and a culture they paid no attention to before, Mr. Hipster.
    Evan brewer from the faceless! 2 successful releases this year including his bass solo album, yes i know, prooves hes more talanted than all these nominees. Youtube him b4 u talk shit!
    Matt Heafy
    You know, I was thinking of putting home, now my screen ended just above this comment, I was thinking to myself "Wouldn't it be funny if someone said it already?" I scroll down one time, boom there it is