Chaka Khan To Receive The She Rocks Award During NAMM 2016

Photo courtesy Music is My 1st Love
Photo courtesy Music is My 1st Love
Courtesy of Alex via Flickr
Courtesy of Alex via Flickr

By JOHN DALY – Chaka Khan will be honored as a 2016 She Rocks Award recipient, it was announced by the The Women’s International Music Network.

The live awards event takes place on Jan. 22, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show, and honors women in the music industry who are pioneers and role models.

With smash hits such as “I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel For You” and “Through the Fire,” Khan has sold over 70 million records. Her music industry career has spanned more than 40 years.

Khan has received the Soul Train Legend Award (2009), The BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), has written an autobiography, Through the Fire, and is a 10-time GRAMMY Award-winner. Khan is currently in the studio at work on a new album to be released in 2016. For more information, visit

“Chaka Khan is an iconic, respected artist and role model. I can’t even begin to express how thrilled we are to have this opportunity to honor her and celebrate her career,” said Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WIMN.

2016-honorees-collage-(Laura’s-MacBook-Air's-conflicted-copy-2015-09-30)-(Laura’s-MacBook-Air's-conflicted-copy-oct1-forweb 620WIMN recently announced the lineup for the 2016 She Rocks Awards, including trailblazing guitarist Jennifer Batten; Jason Mraz pals Raining Jane; Amy Heidemann of Karmin; Malina Moye, Nita Strauss and The Command Sisters.  The house band is Rock Sugah, comprised of Divinity Roxx, Kat Dyson, Benita Lewis and Lynette Williams.

Other honorees include Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound; Chalise Zolezzi of Taylor Guitars; Cathy Carter-Duncan of Seymour Duncan and Mindy Abovitz of Tom Tom Magazine.

The She Rocks Awards pay tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Colbie Caillat; Sheila E; The Bangles; Orianthi; Dinah Gretsch; Craigie Zildjian; and Janie L. Hendrix.

The She Rocks Awards event takes place on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel at 6:30 p.m.  This event has sold out the past three years and a NAMM badge is not required to attend. Tickets are on sale now at

Monica Tavakoli, R, percussionist with Raining Jane at LA Rock Camp - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia
Mona Tavakoli, R, percussionist with Raining Jane at LA Rock Camp – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

The 2016 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Martin Guitar, Seymour Duncan, Roland, Boss, Gretsch, Taylor Guitars, Avid, Zildjian, D’Addario, Guitar Center, Fishman, Tech 21, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Tom Tom Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine; Music News; Guitar World, Guitar Player; Keyboard, Bass Player; Electronic Musician; Music Inc.; Making Music, International Musician; Premier Guitar and LAWIM.

To find out more about the 2016 She Rocks Awards, visit