Last edited May 29th, 2022

What is ‘FemMetal Awards’?

FemMetal – Goddesses of Metal is an online music magazine and journal dedicated to women performing in the Rock and Metal scenes. We also target feminist and human rights issues through our variety of articles and events. You can learn more about our message and goals here.

The goal of the awards presented by the ‘FemMetal – Goddesses of Metal’ website is to honour the achievements of Rock and Metal musicians. A huge portion of the award is dedicated to new Rock and Metal musicians.

The event’s first edition was in 2018. During the first three years of the event, we felt it would be more appropriate for our young publication to cover only new and underground musicians through the Awards. In 2021, we decided it is time for the event to start covering every female musician in Rock and Metal. However, a large portion of the award remains dedicated to new musicians with three of the ten awards.

What are the categories of the Awards?

The event has had many changes in categories so we would keep improving the chances for more musicians to be under the spotlight. The current categories of the event are the following:

1. Best Band or Act

Any Metal or Rock act with one or more female members who have released an album, EP, or 4 or more singles during the last year, can be nominated.

2. Best Album

Any full-length album released by a Rock or Metal act with one or more female members during the last year can be nominated.

3. Best Music Video

Any music video released by a Rock or Metal act with one or more female members during last year can be nominated. Music videos will be judged separately from the song as we take cinematics, storylines, and artistic visuals into consideration.

4. Best Song

Any song released as a single by a Rock or Metal act with one or more female members during last year can be nominated.

5. Best Instrumental Performer

Any female performer in a Rock or Metal act who have released an album, EP, or 4 or more singles during the last year, and plays a classic Metal and Rock instrument (drums, bass, guitars, keyboards) can be nominated.

6. Best Vocals in a Metal or Rock Band

Any female vocalist who sings with clean vocals in a Rock or Metal act who have released an album, EP, or 4 or more singles during last year can be nominated.

7. Best Brutal Vocals in a Metal Band

Any female vocalist who uses growling or false chord vocals in a Rock or Metal act who have released an album, EP, or 4 or more singles during last year can be nominated.

8. Best Breakthrough Act

Any Metal or Rock act with one or more female members who have released an album, EP, or 2 or more singles during last year who only had their first release after 2017 can be nominated.

9. Best Song by a Breakthrough Act

Any song released as a single during last year by a Rock or Metal act with one or more female members during last year who only had their first release after 2017 can be nominated.

10. Best Performer in a Breakthrough Act

Any female performer in a Rock or Metal act (vocals, instrumentalists) who only had their first release after January 1st, 2017 and have released an album, EP, or 2 or more singles during last year. The performer must not have been a member of an act that has been active before 2017 can be nominated.


How are the nominees chosen?

We invite our contacts and friends in the Metal and Rock music community to draft names of eligible acts and musicians for each category. We believe that the nomination is the most important stage of the event. Moreover, we do not consider mass public voting a proper way to pick the nominees, as it can be greatly affected by the popularity of the artists. The professional music-related surrounding would pick names to run for the final public vote, diminishing the effect of popularity on the procedures of the event at this level.

Therefore, the “community members” invited are experts in the Rock and Metal scenes, such as promoters, journalists, influencers, label executives, former and active musicians, and artists. Later, the FemMetal Awards Committee is formed from a subgroup of the invited personnel to vote for the final nominees who will be picked from the list of drafted names. The number of nominees for each award would vary depending on the number of drafted musicians.

Voting Process

In the early years of the award, the polls were live and each category had a separate poll and sometimes even a different directory on which to vote. This often resulted in some cases of “fierce” competition between two or more musicians.

In order to make the voting process more professional and less competitive, we have decided, starting in 2021, to replace the polling policy with a more “data collection”-oriented method rather than a “poll race” method. The public voting lasts for a week. Votes are restricted by email addresses (1 vote per email address). The voting page is protected by invisible reCaptcha to avoid bots and scripts. The polling takes the form of a survey, in which the voter can, but is not forced to vote for all categories, to help avoid misleading curves. To avoid harmful competition, we do not show live results of the polls and will only announce the winners and voting outcomes after the competition.

To ensure the transparency of the voting and counting process, any nominee or member of the drafting community can request a copy of the results.

Theme

Every year, a woman-empowerment theme is picked for the event and the aliases and the name of the Hall of Fame are decided through that theme.

Promotion

Promoting this event to our followers, readers, and the general public is our responsibility. Nominees are not required to do anything about it. We will inform our readers and advertise the event to make the polling sample as wide as possible.

Awards

  • All nominees in all categories are added to the All-Time Hall of Fame.
  • All nominees in all categories will be present on the annual thematical Hall of Fame page.
  • The top 15 nominees will receive an ad spot on the right sidebar and footer (only footer on mobile devices) of the website. Below is an explanation of how we determine the top 15.
  • All winners will receive a digital winning certificate.
  • All representatives who participated in the drafting process and all members of the Award Committee will receive a participation certificate and a Thank You note on the event and hall of fame pages.

How are the Top 15 determined

We have added a value or weight for each category. The weight has been decided by how much the artist nominated for such a category might need a promotion, not by the size of the musicians in such a category. The categories are ordered below:

1. Best Breakthrough Act
2. Best Breakthrough Performer
3. Best Breakthrough Song
4. Best Band
5. Best Album
6. Best Brutal Vocals
6. Best Vocals
6. Best Instrument Player
7. Best Song
7. Best Music Video


To place the nominees, we follow the steps below:

  1. List all winning acts in the order of their category’s weight.
  2. As we go down the list, we strike out any duplicates.
  3. When all the winners are listed, we begin listing runner-ups in the same order, striking out any duplicates.
  4. Repeat step 3 until we have 15 acts on the list.

For any further questions about the FemMetal Awards 2021, please write to awards@femmetal.rocks.