BURST were honored in the "Best Rock/Metal Album Of The Year" category (for their criticially acclaimed "Origo" release) at the prestigious "P3 Guld" awards, which were held in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday (Jan. 21). Also nominated in this category were OPETH (who many believed were a virtual shoo-in for the award) as well as GRAND MAGUS, THE HELLACOPTERS and RENTOKILLER. Last year's winners IN FLAMES performed the lead-off track, "Take This Life" from their upcoming album, "Come Clarity", live for the first time at the awards show, which was broadcasted live on national Swedish radio and TV. After the high-energy performance, frontman Anders Fridén showed the audience photos from his family photo album — two of him as an infant playing guitar and deejaying and one of him dressed up for his high school graduation.
"I was a slave to fashion for a day," he joked in reference to his attire.
Anders Fridén also presented the "Rock/Metal" award to BURST, who seemed very surprised to have won.
"Lucky for us that the five people that have bought our album were also in the jury," quipped BURST bassist Jesper Liveröd (ex-NASUM) during his acceptance speech.
The entire Swedish music industry was present at the "P3 Guld" awards. Among the rock celebrities spotted were MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee and his wife as well as OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and his wife.