LIVE: 2016 She Rocks Awards

The annual 2016 She Rocks Awards celebrated leading women in the music industry at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.

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Professionals and artists came together to celebrate leading women in the music industry during the 2016 She Rock Awards, held at the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22, 2016.
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Amy Heidemann (one half of the pop duo Karmin) also accepted an award at this year's ceremony.
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Guitarist Malina Moye was one of the artists who performed onstage during the show. Guitar World magazine voted her "One of the Top 10 Female Guitarists to Know."
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Moye's latest record "Rock & Roll Baby" has spawned three Billboard-charting singles on various charts in the top 40. She received the She Rock Next Generation award this year.
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Her first single “K-yotic,” featuring Bootsy Collins, was one of the most shared songs in the country -- landing on Billboard’s Twitter 140+ Trending Chart and peaking at No. 5.
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Chaka Khan was recognized this year at the She Rock Awards. Singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother -- Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so.
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With smash hits such as “I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel For You” and “Through the Fire,” Khan has sold over 70 million records.
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With a career that has spanned over 40 years in the music industry, Khan has received the Soul Train Legend Award (2009), The BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), and is a 10-time GRAMMY Award-winner.
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Karmin performed during the ceremony as well.
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The duo launched to stardom through their dynamic covers of popular songs such as “Look At Me Now,” “Super Bass,” and “Party Rock Anthem.”
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After skyrocketing to success, the duo (Nick Noonan pictured) released their debut EP "Hello" in 2012, featuring their double-platinum hit “Brokenhearted.”
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Their talent landed them an appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," accolades from Diplo, Questlove, and the Game -- and a Rolling Stone magazine cover.
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Chalise Zolezzi, director of brand communications for San Diego-based Taylor Guitars, was also awarded during the ceremony.
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The 2016 She Rock Awards at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.
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According to the She Rock website, Zolezzi "utilizes her experience to develop comprehensive integrated communications strategies and brand-advancing initiatives to lead the acoustic and electric guitar manufacturer."
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"In her role, she oversees a team of specialists in the areas of creative design, community relations, and product communications, and retains responsibility for corporate communications, crisis communications, public relations and public affairs."
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Award-winners Becky Gebhardt (left) and Mona Tavakoli (middle) of the band Raining Jane, and Zolezzi pose together during the show.
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Daisy Rock Girl Guitars president and co-founder Trish Ciravolo walks the red carpet!
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Jennifer Batten, perhaps best known for playing guitar on three Michael Jackson solo tours, was also a She Rocks Award recipient this year.
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Batten has also toured and recorded with British guitar icon Jeff Beck for several years, recorded three solo CDs, and written two music books.
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Batten also performed at Super Bowl XXVII (the largest TV audience in history).
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The 2016 She Rock Awards at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.
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Guitarist Nita Strauss (left) and Laura Whitmore hosted the awards ceremony.
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Strauss (pictured left) plays with Alice Cooper and in the Iron Maidens (an all-female Iron Maiden tribute band).
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The 2016 She Rock Awards at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.
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Benita Lewis played drums in the awards' house band throughout the night.
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The 2016 She Rock Awards at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.
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The Command Sisters performed during the show.
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Command Sisters are a young Canadian duo of singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who have won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and have been named as emerging artists by Canada’s Walk of Fame.
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Their recent collaboration with the Disco Fries, “Earthquake,” has garnered over 2 million streams and has catapulted the group into the pop arena (thanks to support from Tiesto, "The Today Show," Guitar World magazine, NME and more).
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The 2016 She Rock Awards at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.
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Pianist/singer/songwriter Jenna Paone.
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The 2016 She Rock Awards at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California on Jan. 22.
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