The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) has announced the in-person return of the annual She Rocks Awards, which will celebrate their 10th anniversary and a new location at The Ranch in Anaheim on June 2.
Coinciding with the annual NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, the She Rocks Awards honor women in the music and audio industries. The 2022 winners include singer Dionne Warwick; musician Meredith Brooks; Covet guitarist Yvette Young; singer-songwriter Milkk; British Bones guitarist Carmen Vandenberg; music editor and podcast host Lyndsey Parker; Julie Robbins, CEO of EarthQuaker Devices; television and film composer Sherri Chung; Leslie Gaston-Bird, owner of Mix Messiah Productions; EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories, Inc.; and former artist manager and creator of the Girl Power! Conference on women working in the music industry Kerry Fiero.
“It’s going to be a big family reunion,” Lzzy Hale, co-host of the She Rocks Awards and singer-guitarist of Halestorm, said during a virtual press conference on Monday. “I look forward to celebrating in person with all of you.”
Hale was joined by WiMN founder Laura Whitmore, as well as award winners Brooks, Milck, Vandenberg, Chung and Parker to reveal details about the event. After pivoting to a virtual experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the She Rocks Awards will be a hybrid affair in 2022 with an in-person ceremony featuring live performances, awards, speeches and guests. famous. It will also be broadcast live via AXS TV starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the show with a virtual red carpet and online silent auction.
The event is open to the general public, but places are limited. Tickets cost between $60 and $165 and are available at sherocksawards.com. To attend the show in person, guests must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the event.
The 10th Annual She Rocks Awards will be hosted by AXS TV’s Hale and Katie Daryl. While she’s also being honored, Parker will host the virtual red carpet. So far, the producers have announced that the performances will include Brooks and Vandenberg. Country singer-songwriter Tenille Arts will open the show and the Command Sisters will serve as the house band for the evening.
During the press conference, Brooks reflected on her hit single, “Bitch,” which turns 25 this year.
“I look at ‘Bitch’ now almost like a child who has now grown up and has his own life and I’m here to honor that life,” she said while noting that there were some special things in the works to celebrate the anniversary of the release.
Vandenberg, who will soon be touring with The Smashing Pumpkins, said events like the She Rocks Awards are important and also inspiring for women working in the music industry.
“At first I was so focused on just being a guitar player and being good and not being considered for a job or not because of my gender,” she said at the start of her career. However, there was a time when that changed and as she gained success she said she was proud to be a woman and realized she could use her voice and help. to raise other women. She and Brooks also joked that they were called “awesome…for female guitarists”, and Vandenberg added, “Nobody walks up to a male guitarist and says ‘You’re the best. Male guitarist of the world.’”
Coming from the field of television and film composition, Chung said she felt out of place among the other winners since she is not a singer-songwriter, but talked about hiding or downplaying her femininity early in her career as one of the only female students who studied composition at her college.
“I really feel out of my element,” she said of her appearance on the show. She said it’s important for artists to constantly challenge themselves in situations they’re unfamiliar with, adding, “But I look forward to everything.”
Milck echoed Chung’s initial downplaying of her gender and even said she had encountered racism in addition to sexism, sharing that before her song “Quiet” went viral in 2018 during the Women’s March, we told her she should “go back to China”.
“Now there’s a space and it’s flooded with so many different voices,” she said of the music industry right now. “We are changing the world; songs have changed the world.