The sixth annual She Rocks Awards ceremony will take place at The Anaheim House of Blues this Friday (1/26). The awards are presented by the Women’s International Music Network (WIMN) to honor women who have made an exceptional impact on the music industry. This year’s event will be hosted by KROQ DJ and Sirius XM host, Kat Corbin, a leading woman in the music industry in her own right. Corbin hosts the “Locals Only” show on KROQ, which spotlights music from local Los Angeles and SoCal artists.
Big names being awarded this year include Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, The B-52’s Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, X’s Exene Cervenka, and the pioneering all-woman band, Fanny.
Also being honored with the award is Fabi Reyna, Founder and Editor of She Shreds Mag. The magazine is dedicated to features on women guitarists and bassists. For a list of all of this year’s awards recipients, visit http://www.thewimn.com/she-rocks-awards/.
About the Recipients
Benatar is a singer/songwriter is most known for her hard-rockin’ 1980 jam, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” and later, her mellowed out, emotional ballad, “Love Is a Battlefield.” Benatar is a 4-time Grammy award winner, with five platinum albums under her belt.
Known for her music as well as her activism, Melissa Etheridge hit the scene in the late 80s. The folk and pop-rock guitarist and singer topped music charts with her hard-hitting, deep and raspy vocals. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Etheridge was open about the disease and her treatment, performing despite the effects of chemotherapy.
Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson
The B-52s inspired a beehive-revival between the late 70s and 80s. The sensational new wave band is known for its quirky surf-rock sound and their most popular hit, “Rock Lobster.” Wilson (vocals, percussion) and Pierson (vocals, keyboards) are original, founding members of the band. Even after the death of original guitarist, Ricky Wilson, who tragically lost a battle to AIDS in 1985, the band still performs together decades later — although Wilson and Pierson have, for the most part, toned down their ‘dos.
Exene is the epitome of Los Angeles punk sound and style, and made a permanent impact in the Los Angeles punk scene, especially inspiring women in punk. This last fall, X celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a series of shows as well as an exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. You can read tHeARTofla’s interview with Exene about the exhibit here.
Fanny – Jean Millington Adamian, June Millington, Brie Howard Darling, Patti Quatro Ericson and Alice de Buhr
In the 1970’s Fanny was one of the first all-women rock bands to reach mainstream popularity and the first to have a major label release. Seen as pioneers, Fanny represented a shift in the music industry that made success seem possible for women in music. While Fanny has been largely forgotten by music history, they remain deeply important to women in music and the rock music industry as a whole, with music powerhouses such as David Bowie bowing to their talent.