CLEVELAND -- Music that was once underground has come to the surface and was honored at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland Monday evening.

It was a star studded event. Legendary Guitarist Slash, The Fall out Boys, Joan Jett, and the list goes on.

"Cleveland has always been a rock and roll town," Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told WKYC. "For us [in the 1970's], it was always a stop."

"It just has a great vibe," said rock and roll icon Slash, who was honored at the event. "It's one of the best rock and roll towns in the country."

It wasn't strictly rock and roll icons on the red carpet, however. There was some genre-jumping, with an appearance by rapper-singer-actor Ice-T.

And, of course, there was the fans. A sell-out crowd of about six thousand people filled Voinovich Park.

Local artists loved the attention Cleveland and Clevelanders got for the event.

"Those are who bleed rock and roll, the people who are right here," said rapper Machine Gun Kelly. "You can see that at a Browns game, at a Machine Gun Kelly show, at a Cavs game, at the Indians, walking down the street… it's all right here. I'm glad they brought it to the right city."

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