Lita Ford Named 2017 She Rocks Award Honoree

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Lita Ford from her "Kiss Me Deadly" video

Lita Ford from her “Kiss Me Deadly” video

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Lita Ford will be the recipient of the first 2017 She Rocks Awards, according to an announcement from the Women’s International Music Network. WiMN, according to its press release, “recognizes women who stand out as role models in the music industry.” A live awards event will take place on January 20, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.

Best known as a founding member of the Runaways in the late 1970s, and as a leather-clad solo artist in the 1980s with classic rock hits such as “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” Ford has also appeared in movies, on TV and in video games. She is currently writing and recording a new album.

Upon receiving the news of her forthcoming award, Ford said, “It is such an honor to be recognized and held in high regard alongside other fellow trailblazers and innovators.”

Watch a live video for Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly”…

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Ford in a 2015 photo (via WiMN)

Ford in a 2015 photo (via WiMN)

Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN and producer of the She Rocks Awards, said, “Whether as a solo artist, band member, or guitar shredder, Lita Ford is a true pioneer who has broken down barriers and inspires today’s female guitarists. I am excited to honor her with an award that really sums up the essence of Lita Ford: She Rocks!”

The She Rocks Awards, the announcement said, “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 Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, The Bangles, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, Janie L. Hendrix and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

More 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees will be announced soon. To find out more, visit

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Ford is on tour for much of the rest of 2016. Tickets are available here and here.

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