2016

The 21st edition of Air Guitar World Championships was celebrated in Oulu in 24-26 of August. The thrilling World Final ended when American Matt ”Airistotle” Burns finally won the title of World Champion. After three years of second-place finishes, Burns vaulted to the top of the pack to become the air guitar champion of the world."Since it's an Olympic year, I'm stoked to bring the title back home to my country," said Burns.

Burns unseated former champ Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants, his friend from Russia, who placed second. The close friendship of the two best air guitarists in the world is proof that the Air Guitar World Championships' message of unity and world peace is a real one. Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik and her husband Luke "Van Dammage" Sevcik, also from US, made competitive air guitar history as the first married couple to make the second round of competition, placing third and fifth respectively.

Peace and goodwill filled the air when thousands of people in the crowd sang along to a Karaoke performance of The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" during the show's second halftime.

15 air guitarists from around the world competed at the Guitar World Championships Final.
The second round's complusory song was Finnish rock band Reckless Love's song Speedin'.

 

The results:

1. Matt "Airistotle" Burns (USA) 35,7 (17,7)
2. Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants (RUS) 34,8 (17,3)
3. Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik (USA) 34,3 (17,1)
4. Rob "The Marquis" Messel (USA) 34,1 (17,0)
5. Dave "G. Tso Money" Chen (TW) 33,7 (17,0)
5. Luke "Van Dammage" Sevcik 33,7 (17,0)
7. Manami "TAM" Morita (JPN) 33,6 (16,9)
8. Dave "Onkel Udo" Wonz (GER) 33,3 (17,0)
9. Blake "The Canadian Tuxedo" Johnston (CAN) 16,8
10. Daniel "Moredrive" Oldemeier (GER) 16,7
10. Vincent "Lord Scrat" Roussel (FRA) 16,7
12. Jeffrey "The Airtiste" Stiles (USA) 16,5
13. Thom " w!ldth!ng" Wilding (UK) 16,3
14. Giesela "Gizzy Guitar" Visser (NZL) 16,2
15. Carlos "Hanzel the Manzel" Mengual (CAN) 15,8

The World Final Jury included the Head of Jury, Finnish guitarist Juha Torvinen, dance artist Julian Owusu, former Air Guitar Producer Hanna Jakku, Flying Finn-guitars representative Saara Nevalainen and national organizer Doug Stroock from USA.