Each year we recognize solo artists and duos or groups who have released new music in the past year and have exemplified the courage to become an artist, despite the gender barriers put up by music industry leaders. Nominating up and coming female artists as well as named artists, we believe everyone deserves the chance to be awarded for their hard work and extraordinary talent as singers and songwriters. Unlike the majority of award shows, we also believe that the fans should have a voice in who is named the Artist or Group of the Year. To allow for this we create a bracket, which lets artists interact with their fan base and our followers to discover new artists. Celebrating the success of all our nominees, we have no intention of pitting artists against one another and are offering the poll as a means of fans giving us their opinion on which artist’s music they have been able to relate to and enjoyed the most. Everyone is encouraged to vote, but by no means forced to do so.