The votes have been tallied and Zakk Wylde has been named the Best Guitarist presented by Paul Reed Smith Guitars in the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards! You want riffs? He’s got ‘em. Is shred your thing? This guy can play behind his head and with his teeth.

An already big year for Zakk just got even bigger, which is hard to fathom considering he’s back at Ozzy Osbourne’s side ripping the classics, hit the road hard with his Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath and has a new Black Label Society on the horizon.

Wylde expressed how thrilled he was to get an award from the hand of "Lord Iommi" and added that everyone who picks up a guitar is a winner.

It’s a testament to the six-stringer as he edged out Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders, Mastodon axemen Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti.

Thousands of fans, the Loudwire Staff and dozens of leaders in the music industry all cast their votes in the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards, leading Zakk Wylde to hoist the "Hand of Doom" trophy, cast from the right hand of his biggest idol, Tony Iommi.

Congrats to Zakk Wylde on his victory!

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