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  • I’m extremely proud to see Nate Smith on the ballot. His versatility, innovativeness, passion and creativity makes him a true gift to music and to all who witness him. It is an honor to vote for him.

  • Jasper

    Mike Byrne!!

  • null

    Mike Byrne?? Really?

  • Caz

    Someone watch videos of Animals As Leader. Matt Gartska is absolutely brilliant.

    • Yes, and he’s also brilliant in jazz and latin, and he can read anything. A true virtuoso with a lot of humility!

  • Ein

    Garrett Goodwin for Carrie Underwood was SO solid. absolutely fantastic with hearing him play with her.

  • Yonghak

    Yeah~ I’m done~

  • Arthur

    I voted for Mike Byrne too. He f*cking rocks. 🙂

  • We’re All Clones

    Mike Byrne is a joke of a drummer. What the heck is he doing here. Boo

  • Bisquette

    Casey Grillo from KAMELOT is the most amazing drummer out there ! And an amazing person as well …. Very humble and down to earth

  • Chad Smith from the Red hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot

  • middle-earth

    hell yeah,mike johnston f*cking beastly mentor

  • Andhika Sulistiawan

    drummer Mike Portnoy is a very genius

  • Debbie

    Daniel de los Reyes currently playing in the Zac Brown Band takes all of the cetegories!

  • Tim<3

    We Love TONYYYYY, like O.M.G.!!!!! Go Escapas, my herossss! <3

  • Yukiko

    Airto Moriera

  • JG

    Daniel Glass and his work is genius!!

  • Pebbles

    Daniel de los Reyeswith the Zac Brown band takes all the categories!

  • My Choices. Done.

  • ras dude

    Where is Karriem Riggins on this list?

  • Matt Gartzka, Jojo Mayer, and Gavin Harrison. Easily the best on this list. Gartzka will probably be the best drummer of our time once the new AaL album drops.

  • Jean Paul Gaster needs more love from the drumming community.

  • lilgeneral21

    Calvin Rodgers all day!!

  • pyite72

    Jon Fishman is for real!!!

  • O.H

    Mike Mangini!!!!!

  • Jess Reynolds

    Travis Barker!!!

  • Chad Smith! MVP!!!

  • a bass player


  • Luke Holland for Metal Drummer, and Up and Comer. Period.

  • seriously, the kid is a beast

  • And another from Luke Holland… this is who you need to vote for

  • Vladimir Kostadinovic

    …Where to begin…

    Of course: Philly,Roy,Elvin,Max,Blakey,Tony, but Greg and Karriem are the biggest inspiration today for me,because they are the artists that have managed to keep jazz alive and inspire the young generation of our time!!

  • shiney sis

    barry kerch, the one and only!!

  • drumfan

    VOTE and WRITE IN FOR Chad Smith of The Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot! He IS the MVP and MAINSTREAM ROCK choice! How could he be left off????

  • Rich Redmond is the top country drummer period! The man gets it done!

  • Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts is the most underrated drummer out there.

  • ZBB#1

    Daniel De Los Reyes and Chris Fryar all the way!!!!!!!!

  • Owen

    What the hell is Travis Barker doing on here? I just don’t get it.


    Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts truly BEATS above ALL!!!

  • SuperGreaseball123

    Why is Travis Barker on the same list as Neil Peart?!?!?!?!?!?! Like Travis compares to the drum master :p

  • CB

    chris dave should win every category

  • toy

    Billy kilson for Jazz

  • Shanimal (Shannon Leto) from 30 Seconds To Mars!

  • Shannon Leto ALL THE WAY BABY <3 yes indeed …Yes Indeed.

  • Phlogiston Verdigris

    Dave McGraw is legitimately one of the best drummers that metal has seen in years. Incredible speed, groove, technique, power, control, and creativity, not to mention being one of the most gracious, humble musicians I’ve ever met. He actually thinks his drumming sucks, and I’m not even joking. He just refuses to believe the praise he receives.

  • @ShannonLeto ..Best Damn Drummuuur Evur. Listen To @30SECONDSTOMARS… There…Told Ya 🙂 Vote Shannon .

    • yours_Fantasy

      I agreee with you absolutely, why he wasn´t here?? I voted for Shannon 😉 because I´m an echelon and he is professional, I love how he plays 🙂

      • danil


    • Agree with you. Shannon Leto is the best drummer 🙂

    • rockinangel

      couldn’t agree with you more! He is one the Best!

    • Astrid’LetoMilicevic

      I agree with you!! He is the best Drummer Ever!!!

    • MaryM

      u r so right!!! happy to meet the Echelon here))

    • You can’t say Shannon Leto is the best drummer simply because you are a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars…. I agree that it’s a great band, and he IS a great drummer, but not even close to “the best” haha

    • NikLeto

      @shannonleto:disqus – awesome drummer, you have my vote 😀

  • Viktoria

    Shannon Leto from Thirty Seconds To Mars !

  • rockinAngel

    Shannon Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars

  • @ShannonLeto from @30secondstomars, he is the best drummer.

  • Shannon Leto from 30 Seconds To Mars is the best drummer of all, no doubt!

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  • Yana

    Shannon Leto!!!

  • Shannon Leto

    Shannon Leto <3<3<33<33<3<3<3<3<3<33< <,ì;)))))

  • Medusa

    Shannon Leto is the best drummer! he has to win… that’s a fact 😉

  • Selina

    c’mon! vote for shannon!

  • The best drummer @ShannonLeto, away from everyone. Alternative, Rock and whatever, the music plays well, because he has a gift of birth.

  • Shannon Leto best on the world =)

  • Shannon Leto

  • BFH

    Shannon Leto is the best drummer ever!


  • Nate Smith is Da Man!

  • greg hieronymi

    Gene Hoglan!!

  • Jackie Torres

    Very proud of Tony Escapa and his nomination. One hell of a drummer!!


  • Shannon Leto

  • Lena

    Shannon Leto (30 SECONDS TO MARS) of course!

  • Anantyo Satria

    Shannon Letto…!!!!!! Best Drummer ever !!!

  • Lisa N.

    Shannon Leto’s rising! X

  • Shannon is a fantastic person, a handsome man, funny, talented and a great drummer..
    what more do you want?

  • Shannon Leto 30 Seconds to Mars!!!!!

  • Oksana

    SHANNON LETO! he is the best drummer.

  • Delphine

    Shannon Leto, the best drummer!!!!

  • melanie

    Shannon leto from @30SECONDSTOMARS is the best drumer and he has to win!! go go go vote for him 🙂

  • @shannonleto:disqus is the best muddafuggin drummer ever

  • Loki0841

    Shannon Leto and Luke Holland, best drummers ever !

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  • roni

    Shannon Leto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Only

  • cakegirl50

    Duh………Shannon Leto is the best drummer everrrrrr! So many people can’t be wrong! View all other comments !!!! Love you Shannon !

  • MARS


  • MARS


  • MARS

    ECHELON <3

  • omar

    shannon leto yeahhh the best

  • @ShannonLeto Best ALT Drummer! He attacks and KILLS it EVERY TIME!!! So fun to watch him play!

  • Shannon Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars kicks ass!!

  • Shanon Leto!! Your the best drumer

  • Mercedes Shine

    Im voting for lil John Roberts.

  • Alice Stone

    Just placed my vote for the one and only @S.L. from @30SECONDSTOMARS……let’s win this ECHELON!!! 🙂

  • …..

    I hope all you Echelon actually voted in the ALTERNATIVE CATEGORY. Your votes won’t count in the comments…

  • @ShannonLeto has to win !!! He’s the best 😀

  • cesar

    shannon leto,, goodluck man!!!


  • Elly

    Voted for Shan 🙂 xo

  • Haylee9

    Shannon Leto – who else?

  • Alice Gomes

    Shannon Leto really deserve to win

  • A Eden

    Shannon Leto From 30STM ..Best ALT Drummer .The one and only.

  • Shannon Leto is the best drummer forever!!!

  • mª jose villanueva

    yo tambien he votado por Shannon Leto suerte!

  • maram faisal

    Shannon Leto is the best drummur ever

  • ruby zarate

    shannon leto es el mejor baterista de esta era ummm me muero por el…

  • @shannonleto:disqus the best fucking drummer 😀

  • Dan

    Aquiles Priester is the best drummer EVER!!!!

  • Gazizochka

    Shannon Leto

  • Every Drummer Should own!!! Century Project!!! You will love it!!!

  • Shanon Leto <3

  • lucia

    Shannon Leto of course!!

  • cd fam


  • shannon leto best drummer 4-ever!!!

  • D.S.


  • D.S.

    Shannon Leto the best drummer ! m/

  • @Anna_Hurricane

    Vote for Shannon Leto!!!


  • karo

    SHANNON LETO 🙂 the best drummer in the Universe


  • Shannon Leto for sure

  • mark

    Vote for Robb Reiner

  • Anonymous

    Why the fuck Rodney Holmes is not in any of the lists???

  • SHANNIMAL IS THE BEST!!! @ShannonLeto

  • A Eden

    my vote goes to Shannon Leto From 30secondstomars BEST DRUMMER EVER.

  • _marsianka

    alternative.. Shannon, of course 😀

  • JJ Carter

    Will all the 13 year old girls please stop voting. Shannon Leto? Let’s get real people this is not Teen Beat. Where is Joe Tomino on this list and how and why did Travis Barker make the list?

  • Diaura Yagami

    Go, SHANIMAL !!

  • Edna Brann

    SHANNON IS THE BEST and don´t stop voting, a musician is a musician and being a drummer is not easy at all, so his commited work is what we have to consider @shannonleto:disqus

  • Noah Martin

    Come on Shannon Leto, you better win

  • Echelon

    Shannon Leto…. The best drummer and percussionist EVER

  • Connie

    Shannon Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars is the Best Drummer!

  • The MARS God of Drums – @ShannonLeto

  • @ShannonLeto of @30SECONDSTOMARS ISTHE BEST DRUMMER EVER!! #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon #VoteShannon

  • Vera Lee

    Rodney… WOW.

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  • prateek

    I didn’t find George Kollias or Baal anywhere. wtf!

  • maria

    Rodney Howard best drummer ever(Avril Lavigne)

  • #VOTE for @ShannonLeto
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  • Shannon Leto seems to have made this a popularity contest with the ladies.

  • Shannon Leto!!!!!!

  • SaraLavigne92

    Rodney Howard!!! The drummer of Avril Lavigne!

  • elias

    que gusto es ver a antonio sanchez y pedrito martinez q musicasos

  • Hands down, Shanimal deserves this award.

  • Guest

    Travis Barker!!!

  • Guest

    Travis Barker!!

  • Guest

    Just voted @Travisbarker

  • Just Voted @Travisbarker

    • Tang Tang

      He’s great !

  • Guest

    Travis Barker!!!!!

  • Travis Barker!!!!

  • Mike

    Travis Barker.

  • Adio

    Ilan Ruben (NIN & Angels & Airwaves)


  • Crystalvbb

    Melvin “Melly” Baldwin is a fantastic drummer for Justin Bieber! Check him out!!!

  • gaurav rai

    Travis barker is always being mine favourite drummer……… HE rocks the world with his powerful,n awsome drummming…… please vote for him…… /m/

  • The Lord of Drum @ShannonLeto!!

  • Travissss Barkerrr………………………….

  • steph

    vote travis barker, he has the most skill

  • Pedro Martinez

    RIght now just saying the Blake Richardson shouldv’e been in that poll for Prog.

  • Julia

    Shannon Leto!

  • @shannonleto es el *mejor*!!! 🙂

  • @shannonleto es el MEJOR!!! 🙂

  • Ekaterina T

    Shannon Leto, my vote is for you!

  • Luke Holland… Guys he deserved it… So many years… Such a great workflow… Just awesome…

  • Hannah

    How is dave grohl not anywhere on this list?!

  • Wtf with shannon leto the best drummer, he’s ok not the best, Tomas Haake is by far the best drummer !!

  • is there any fucking drummer in here? wtf everyone is in love with Shannon Leto the ordinary drummer !

  • böhserbengel


  • Dilshan

    Thanks Modern Drummer Fest for what you’ve done for all those who are passionate about drumming !

  • CCDR

    There was no “Latin” drumming category!?! Hello, Dafnis …!


  • trongate

    Louis Hayes – Hall of Fame

    He is 2nd to NO ONE:

    • Mr D.

      Great drummer!

  • Mr D.

    I voted for Earl Palmer for the Hall of fame. I really think he deserves it. I usually vote for “Papa” Jo Jones, but Earl’s huge body of work just floors me.
    All the best to all the nominees.

  • sharky

    jazz master Ronnie Bedford

  • Jon

    Im a little surprised that Mitch Mitchell or Bernard Perdie were never inducted into the Modern Drummer hall of fame. Neither one has really been given the notoriety that they really deserve. Every drummer thats been around for a while has picked up something from them.

  • backinblack

    I’m not gonna “diss” any of the nominees, and Charlie Benante from

    Anthrax is a very good drummer and is generally a nice guy. But he got in trouble for abusing his wife. It’s like nominating someone for congress that has that has that kind of history. And someone should have gotten best metal drummer last year and didn’t..I voted for Jeremy Spencer 5FDP.

  • Poncho Bronze

    JIMMY “THE REV” SULLIVAN. Why has no one recognized him yet?

  • Pedrito Martinez on Percussions !!!!

    • Mr D.

      I was saddened to see that young musician succum to the perils of the rock n roll life. Drugs and alcohol are everywhere around working musicians. I have seen many musicians pass over the years, friends sorely missed. The Rev was recognised for his contribution in interviews and if I recall, polls. Since his passing he no longer qualifies for any category. The only one would be Hall of fame, and frankly, he has not earned it. Not his fault. Who knows what he may have achieved?
      There are many great drummers with enormous bodies of work who have yet to be inducted. These people had decades of incredible music. Names suchas “Phillie” Joe Jones, “Papa” Jo Jones”, Big Sid Catlett, George Lawrence Stone, and a host of others have gone before. These people also are no longer with us. I recall Jack DeJohnette writing a letter in MD asking people to help Papa when he was ill. Drummers stick by each other and we miss those we love. I am very sorry The Rev passed. I hope you enjoy his work well into the future. And perhaps check out the others we have lost along the way. Carlos Vega, Jeff Porcaro, Earl Palmer and more.
      All the best to you. Mr D.

  • Duston N

    Longineu Parsons III = BAMF!


  • John Sherman from @redfang, one of the most deserving people for up&comer, he is on of the best

  • Ollidutza

    Deantoni Parks… Yeah!

  • Dan b

    Can’t believe DeJohnette is not in the Hall??? WOW!!!!

  • Lilinha

    Shannon leto :3

  • verafromearth

    Shannon Leto!!! see him playing and you will know why!!!

  • Mrssalvatore74

    Shannon Leto is the heart beat of 30 Seconds To Mars, a phenomenal & amazing drummer, takes you breath away to watch & listen to him :()

  • Nobody said Paul Bostaph! :O

  • ivy

    Shannon Leto

  • _jackiehdez

    Jose A. Pasillas II! amazing drummer <3

  • jake frye

    no matter what any of you think the best drummer is Matt Halpern… not opinion but fact

  • Stanford Moeller

    Josh Block of White Denim…listen up.

  • Jesse

    Im a fan of Adam Grey but Travis Barker is just the best for me and he’s very natural. He simply goes with the beat. 🙂

  • biggestpipes

    How come Matt Griener from August Burns Red wasn’t an option? He rocks!

  • Erock

    Casey Grillo from Kamelot

  • ToddFan

    Todd Sucherman beats the skins pretty damn good here

  • TRAVIS BARKER BEST DRUMMER EVER!!!!!! mike portnoy rocks too

  • vomitatallthechoices

    Deantoni Parks is a way betterdrummer then ShannonLeto

  • Travis Barker is the Best Heavy Hitter and a very talented multi-skilled drummer. because he played drums in a different kind of music.

  • amanda kurtzman

    travis barker <3 i used to steal my brothers blink 182 CD from him. i have my own now. still love them as much as the first time i heard them. look him up on youtube and tell me that isnt the most impressive drummer ever

  • hotroco

    shannon leto definitively deserves this one!!

  • Shannon Leto … A drummer who deserves to be recognized and that worked a lot over the years.

  • I love 30 seconds to mars (I even traveled to watch them live) but I just voted shannon for pop, I voted deantoni parks in two different categories. Let’s face it, shannon is very good but jared will never let him show his skills or tomo’s as guitar player, unfortunately.

  • Michelle

    SHANNON LETO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • LetoFan

    Vote for Shannon Leto!!!

  • I wouldn’t say Shannon Leto is the best but he is very good!

  • Mastodon432

    Brann Dailor and Matt Halpern and Neil Peart are my top 3