The third annual Alternative Press Music Awards is slated for July 18 in Columbus, Ohio and the first wave of performing artists has been announced. The 2016 installment will feature the Japanese teen sensations Babymetal, Papa Roach, Good Charlotte, Yellowcard and Ohio natives Beartooth with more announcements still on the way.

This year's hosts will be Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of pop punk stalwarts All Time Low. Good Charlotte will be presented with the first-ever Classic Album Award for their 2000 standout debut, The Young and the Hopeless and Yellowcard will be receive the honors of being bestowed the first-ever Vans 'Off the Wall' Award that will be given to a band that exhibits and inspires creative expression.

Commenting on Babymetal's appearance, Su-Metal exclaimed, "I am extremely thrilled that Babymetal is nominated among a great list of other bands for Best International Band. I am above ecstatic seeing how we have been able to connect with our fans from across the globe through our music, surpassing language barriers and just making it to far places all over the world on our tours. I just hope that we, Babymetal, will be able to continue to bring our music to more people worldwide, here on out."

"We are super excited to be part of the 3rd annual APMAs," added Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix, continuing, "The lineup this year is sick, plus, the magazine has been a huge part of keeping the American punk, rock and metal scene alive all these years. Plus, we got some tricks up our sleeves for this one. It's gonna be dope."

Beartooth are up for three awards, nominated for Best Vocalist, Best Live Band and Artist Of The Year. Frontman Caleb Shomo was excited for the nominations as well as the performance, stating, "Pretty crazy to be nominated for three awards this year and be able to play some music live. It's always a fun time at the APMAs. Tons of good friends, good hangs, and everybody is partying their ass off!"

Stay tuned for further announcements!

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