7th Annual She Rocks Awards Honor Janis Joplin, Macy Gray, and More

For the past seven years, the She Rocks Awards have been recognizing the varied accomplishments of women from across the music industry. Taking place at the House of Blues Anaheim, near the NAMM convention, this year's ceremony saw performances by Mindi Abair, Gigi Rich, Aiza, and the Command Sisters, among other artists.

Hosted by the Women's International Music Network, the 7th annual She Rocks Awards' honorees represented a cross section of entertainers, industry executives, and Reverb's own art director Lynette Sage. The full list included:

  • Terri Nunn, lead singer of Berlin
  • Macy Gray, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actress
  • Lisa Loeb, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, touring artist, author
  • Nita Strauss, acclaimed solo artist and guitarist for Alice Cooper
  • Erika Ender, chart-topping composer, singer, cowriter of the hit “Despacito”
  • Dana DuFine, vice president of global content and development, AEG Facilities
  • Dale Krevens, vice president of Tech 21
  • Lynette Sage, art director at Reverb
  • Samantha Pink, director of business operations at JAM Industries USA
  • Terri Winston, executive director, Women’s Audio Mission

This year also, She Rocks honored the late Janis Joplin with a lifetime achievement award. The audience, which included members of Joplin's family, was treated to a retrospective on Joplin's career, along with a musical tribute featuring guitarist Orianthi, vocalist Vanessa Amorosi, Dead Sara's Judith Hill and Emily Armstrong, and others.

The night's performers and honorees shared statements with Reverb about Joplin's influence and impact on their own lives.

Lisa Loeb, whose own independent streak led her to become the first independent artist with a No. 1 Billboard hit said, “I’ve always been inspired by Janis Joplin and her boldness and raw energy. She’s got an amazing voice. I love her influence on Robert Plant too. As a Texan, I’m proud to have some kind of connection with her. Plus, we look alike.”

Singer-songwriter Gigi Rich said, "Janis Joplin was the first female rock and roll artist that I fell in love with. She made me realize I didn't need to fit any particular mold to be successful in the music industry and helped pave the way for other unique female artists to make a name for themselves in music. I'll never forget the first time I heard her voice.”

2019 She Rocks Awards

Orianthi, a guitarist who's played with Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, and more, said, "Music to me is about freedom and expression. Janis completely embodied that with her music and presence... she was a true free spirit. An inspiring and empowering force for a lot of female musicians “

Mindi Abair, who we've interviewed before about her time playing saxophone with Bruce Springsteen and Aerosmith, as well as leading her own band, said, "Janis Joplin was an original. She sang her truth with sheer abandon. What a great role model as an artist. “

The Command Sisters' Sarah Command empathizes with the bullying Joplin endured growing up in Texas, saying, "Years of rejection, abuse, and comments towards her physical appearance would leave anyone feeling as if no one would accept them. It’s amazing how later on in life she would become accepted by millions around the world. If that isn’t a story of true triumph, I don’t know what is.”

See the video above to watch the full ceremony, along with the performances honoring Joplin.

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