It is again the time to celebrate the incredible musicians who helped make 2022 a memorable year. FemMetal Awards gives you the chance to vote for the musicians who you think were best last year.

We invited promoters, music labels, journalists, influencers, event organisers, and musicians to join this year’s committee and nominate the best acts of the year. We are pleased to announce the nominees for the FemMetal Awards 2022 after drafting tens of names and voting for the finalists.

This year’s Hall of Fame and FemMetal Awards polls will be themed after Egyptian mythology. We enjoy using a theme to highlight specific aspects or characters from history, fantasy, or mythology by associating each award with a feminine personality from the theme. From Greek goddesses in 2018 to horror characters in 2019, to real-life superheroes in 2020, and finally folklore characters last year, the goal of this connection has been delivering a message of female empowerment while celebrating and honouring musicians.

The public polls will be open starting on December 20th and will close at the end of the day on December 26th. Results will be announced to the public on December 30th.

Let’s learn about our categories this year as we announce the nominees!

Best Metal Act

Hathor Award

Hathor is one of the most famous goddesses in Egyptian mythology. The Lady of the Sycamore defended the paradise from chaos. She is the goddess of music, joy, drunkenness, dancing and celebration. In 2022, many Metal acts brought us joy through their music and guarded our minds against the chaos surrounding us. And therefore, the Hathor Award will go to the Best Metal Act in 2022.

The nominees are:

  • After Evolution
  • Arch Enemy
  • Eleine
  • Epica
  • Esperfall
  • Infected Rain
  • Lacuna Coil
  • Once Human
  • Torture Squad
  • Victoria K
  • Visions of Atlantis
  • Within Temptation

Best Rock and Alternative Act

Nut Award

Nut is the goddess of Earth and the mother of most of the major deities in Egyptian mythology. Nut is the goddess who swallows the sun in the evening and gives birth to it when the night ends. As Metal was born from Rock, the Nut Award will go to Best Rock, Alternative Rock, or Alternative Metal Act in 2022.

The nominees are:

  • April Art
  • Charlotte Wessels
  • Chez Kane
  • Cobra Spell
  • Dorothy
  • Halestorm
  • In This Moment
  • Orianthi
  • Scene Queen
  • Sick N’ Beautiful
  • The Pretty Reckless
  • Thundermother

Best Album

Tefnut Award

Tefnut is the goddess of moisture and rainfall, depicted as a lioness. The daughter of Ra was the sovereign over the literal atmosphere of the realm of humans. And what made our figurative atmosphere more joyful than the wonderful albums that were released last year? Tefnut Award goes to the Best Album released in 2022.

The nominees are: (act – album title)

  • After Evolution – “War of the Worlds”
  • Allen/Olzon – “Army of Dreamers”
  • Arch Enemy – “Deceivers”
  • Angel Nation – “Antares”
  • April Art – “Pokerface”
  • Charlotte Wessels – “Tales from Six Feet Under Vol . II”
  • Halestorm – “Back From The Dead”
  • Infected Rain – “Ecdysis”
  • Once Human – “Scar Weaver”
  • The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara – “Trust No Leaders”
  • Victoria K – “Kore”
  • Visions Of Atlantis – “Pirates”

Best Music Video

Bastet Award

Bastet was the goddess of beauty and a guardian from evil and misfortune. Depicted as a cat and representing everything visually enchanting and beautiful, Bastet is the perfect goddess to host the award for the Best Music Video released in 2022.

The nominees are: (act – music video title)

  • April Art – “Try”
  • Arch Enemy – “Handshake With Hell”
  • Cobra Spell – “Flaming Heart”
  • Beyond the Black – “Winter Is Coming”
  • Charlotte Wessels – “Venus Rising”
  • Epica – “Sirens – Of Blood and Water”
  • Eternal Closure – “Practice What You Preach”
  • IGNEA – “Magura’s Last Kiss”
  • Sick N’ Beautiful – “This Is Not The End”
  • Visions of Atlantis – “Master The Hurricane”
  • Within Temptation – “Don’t Pray For Me”
  • Xandria – “Reborn”

Best Vocals

Isis Award

Isis is one of the most famous goddesses of Egypt. The “goddess of the throne” was associated with almost every aspect of life, as well as magic. Naturally, Isis Award would be given for the most enchanting, the Best Vocals in 2022.

The nominees are:

  • Anette Olzon (Allen/Olzon, Ultima Grace, The Dark Element)
  • Charlotte Wessels
  • Chez Kane
  • Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
  • Clémentine Delauney (Visions of Atlantis)
  • Dorothy Martin (Dorothy)
  • Lisa-Marie Watz (April Art)
  • Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
  • Nikolette Olsson (After Evolution)
  • Simone Simons (Epica)
  • Victoria Knight (Victoria K)
  • Viktorie Surmøvá (Rosa Nocturna, Surma)

Best Brutal Vocals

Nephthys Award

While her twin Isis was the goddess of life, Nephthys was associated with darkness and funerals. Taking care of the dead and guiding mourners in their expression of grief, Nephthys is the best representation for the award given to the Best Brutal Vocals.

The nominees are:

  • Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)
  • Elizabeth Zhovnerchuk (Morphide)
  • Katri Hiovain (Numento)
  • Katrine Castonguay (Eternal Closure)
  • Laura Vargas (The Inferno Doll)
  • Lauren Hart (Once Human)
  • Lena Scissorhands (Infected Rain)
  • Mayara Puertas (Torture Squad)
  • Renata Petrelli (The Damnnation)
  • Yuliia Lykhotvor (Sidus Atrum)

Best Instrument Player

Ma’at Award

Ma’at is a goddess associated with harmony and balance, credited for placing stars in the sky and tuning the four seasons. Now, even though drummers, bassists, and guitarists do not control the four seasons or the stars, the name of the goddess of harmony is a perfect one for the Best Instrument Player award.

The nominees are:

  • Orianthi (guitar)
  • BEX (bass)
  • Elena Carnevali (drums – Warmblood)
  • The Great Kat (multiple)
  • Alba Nasoni (bass – 17 Crash)
  • Aline Dutchi (bass – The Damnnation)
  • Sonia Anubis (guitar – Cobra Spell)
  • Mia Wallace (bass – Abbath)
  • Alis Emerson (drums – Secret Agent)
  • Julia B Cadau (bass – HAWXX)

Best Breakthrough Metal Act

Sekhmet Award

Goddess of destruction and chaos, known for her blood lust and vengeance. How is this related to the best breakthrough Metal act? Hear me out. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet’s anger was absorbed which transformed her into Hathor – whom we associated with the Best Metal Act. So, in a way, Sekhmet is the young Hathor, thus the goddess for Best Breakthrough Metal Act.

The nominees are:

  • Fortis Ventus
  • Kaläd
  • Nocturna
  • SheWolf
  • Solitude Within
  • Stellaris
  • The Damnnation
  • Volturian

Best Breakthrough Rock Act

Serket Award

Serket was the scorpion goddess. With this title she might seem a tad scary, however, Serket was associated with healing from venomous stings. Our young Rock bands are healing the music scene from the venom of commercial music, and therefore, the Serket Award goes to the Best Breakthrough Rock Act.

The nominees are:

  • BEX
  • Chez Kane
  • Felicia
  • Madame Neptune
  • Secret Agent
  • The Hot Damn!
  • Venus 5

Best Release by a Breakthrough Act

Neith Award

The Goddess of Arrows, Neith, is a warrior goddess named Mistress of the Bow. Just like Neith releases her fast and piercing arrows, some breakthrough releases were also piercing and breathtaking. And thus, Neith Award goes to the Best Release by a Breakthrough Act.

The nominees are:

  • Chez Kane – “Powerzone”
  • Cobra Spell – “Anthems of the Night”
  • Felicia – “Feel Good Songs for Oblivion”
  • Fortis Ventis – “Vertalia”
  • Gallia – “Obscura”
  • Sidus Atrum – “Spiral of Life”
  • Solitude Within – “When Kingdoms Fall”
  • Stellaris – “Upside Down”
  • Ultima Grace – “Ultima Grace”
  • Volturian – “Red Dragon”

Most Influential Personality

Eye of Ra Award

The Eye of Ra is a feminine counterpart of the sun god Ra, an extension of his powers, that acts as an independent goddess. The Eye of Ra had a huge influence on Egyptian mythology. The Most Influential Personality in Metal and Rock is represented by the Eye of Ra.

The nominees are:

  • Cristina Scabbia
  • Helle Bohdanova
  • Lzzy Hale
  • Otep Shamaya
  • Tatiana Shmailyuk
  • Vicky Psarakis

Write-in Act or Musician

Nefertiti Award

Nefertiti was a historical Queen who created a religious and political revolution in Ancient Egypt. Her subjects deified her as a living fertility goddess. While Nefertiti was a human and a queen consort, her intelligence made a co-ruler and a goddess. That is why the Write-In Award is represented by Nefertiti.

The nominees are:

  • Any band or act not nominated with a major release between November 2021 and December 2022 can be voted for.

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Reuel Way

Being a feminist has been normalized as an irregularity through our patriarchal society, so I'd rather be called a "decent human" than a "feminist man". I breathe Metal and Rock and have a screwed-up sense of humour.