The former, who are best known for frontman Lemmy’s wild ways and 1980 hit Ace of Spades, was presented with the Golden God prize for their contribution to the genre. The band has been together for the best part of 40 years.
Fellow rock veterans Black Sabbath were also honoured at the event with the prize for best UK band. The award marks a big week for the group after they claimed their first number one for more than 40 years with their latest album, 13.
Alexander Milas, editor of Metal Hammer magazine, said: ‘From honoring the lords of our world Black Sabbath and the crown princes of rock and roll Motorhead as well as today’s most cutting-edge acts, there’s simply no other event like it.’
British band Bleed From Within were named as the winners of the gong for best new band.
The full list of winners from last night’s (17 June) awards at London’s Indigo2 venue is below:
Best New Band (Sponsored by Kraken) Bleed From Within
Best Underground Band (Sponsored by Ave Satanas) The Algorithm
Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’ (Sponsored by Vans) Eric Calderone
Breakthrough Artist (Sponsored by Hobgoblin) Asking Alexandria
Best Event (Sponsored by Alchemy) Heavy Metal Census
Best International Band (Sponsored by Nuclear Blast) Stone Sour
Best Live Band (Redbull Records) Gojira
Best UK Band (Sponsored by Roadrunner Records) Black Sabbath
Best Album (Sponsored by TeamRock Radio) Black Sabbath
Metal As Fu*k (Sponsored by World Of Warplanes) Burgerkill
Riff Lord (Sponsored by Axes All Area) Scott Gorham
Spirit Of Hammer (Sponsored by Jägermeister) Brian Blessed
Inspiration (Sponsored by USM) Paradise Lost
Legend (Sponsored by UDR) Doro
Icons (Sponsored by Century Media) Alice In Chains
The Golden God (Sponsored by Orange Amplification) Motörhead