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Paul Simon, the Monkees and David Bowie Among Big Ultimate Classic Rock Award Winners

Theo Wargo / Peter Kramer / Matthew Eisman, Getty Images
Theo Wargo / Peter Kramer / Matthew Eisman, Getty Images

You filled out your ballots, we tallied ’em up and the results of the 2016 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards are in. Here’s a look at this year’s big winners in each of the categories.

Paul Simon put in a strong showing among this year’s contenders, winning Artist of the Year on the strength of his recent Stranger to Stranger LP, which won for Album of the Year while placing its second single, “Cool Papa Bell,” second in the Song of the Year category.

“Cool Papa Bell” came in behind the Monkees‘ “Me & Magdalena,” and although Song of the Year was the only category the group won, they placed among the top three in two others: Artist of the Year, placing third behind Simon and Axl Rose, and Album of the Year, where their Good Times! LP was sandwiched between Simon’s Stranger to Stranger and David Bowie‘s Blackstar.

Bowie saw solid turnout at the polls as well, coming in first in the Reissue of the Year category — ahead of the Beatles and Pink Floyd — and placing in Album of the Year as well as Song of the Year (for “Lazarus,” from the Blackstar LP). Check out the complete list of top vote-getters below, and take a look at the Ultimate Classic Rock Awards category page for a full rundown of the various contenders in each category.

Artist of the Year
Paul Simon
Axl Rose
The Monkees

Archival Live Album
The Band, The Last Waltz – 40th Anniversary Edition
Rush, 2112 – 40th Anniversary Edition
The Beatles, Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Best Live Album
Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow, Memories in Rock – Live in Germany
Slash, Raised on the Sunset Strip
Kiss, Rocks Vegas

Reissue of the Year
David Bowie, Who Can I Be Now?
The Beatles, Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Pink Floyd, The Early Years

Tour of the Year
Def Leppard / REO Speedwagon / Tesla
Guns N’ Roses
Heart / Cheap Trick / Joan Jett

Song of the Year
The Monkees, “Me & Magdalena”
Paul Simon, “Cool Papa Bell”
David Bowie, “Lazarus”

Album of the Year
Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger
The Monkees, Good Times!
David Bowie, Blackstar

Top 100 Classic Rock Artists

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