Live Act of the Year proved to not only be one of the most popular categories of the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards, but also the most surprising in terms of the final result. With monster acts such as Metallica and Slipknot breathing down their necks, comedic heavy metal act Steel Panther have captured the crown of Live Act of the Year.

Anyone who has seen Steel Panther live understands not only how hilarious and raunchy the show is, but also the technical prowess of each member. Steel Panther's live performance is tighter than their spandex pants, and bringing female fans who will flash their boobies onstage doesn't hurt either.

A huge congratulations is due for the saviors of heavy metal, Steel Panther. The band is constantly touring, so if they happen to stop at your town, do yourself a favor and take in 2012's Live Act of the Year. See the full voting results below and click the red button for the next winner:

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