Metal and rock has often been male-dominated genres, but we're here to pay tribute to the women who break the mold and tear it up with some of the best bands in the business. All of the women here bring aggression to their music and are here for one purpose: to rock. Some of the goddesses in here are bandmates, delivering highly energetic performances that bring another unique identity to their music.

The nominees for the Rock Goddess of 2015 are an exclusive bunch, spanning six bands. It's time to start voting in the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards and remember, you can vote once per hour through the deadline of Dec. 1 at 8AM ET.

  • Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd

    Butcher Babies

    Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd split vocal duties in the Butcher Babies, each delivering their own style of brutality with their vicious screaming. Sure, their outfits may be revealing but they prove that they're more than just eye candy with their aggressive performances. They get the party started live, feeding off of each other to get the crowd moving.

    Mary Ouellette,
  • Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley

    Dead Sara

    Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley kept their energy going into 2015 as one of rock's most exciting duos. Armstrong's raw and emotive delivery fuses brilliantly with Medley's groove-influenced guitar work, as you can hear plentifully on Dead Sara's sophomore album, Pleasure to Meet You.

    Pocket Kid
  • Lzzy Hale


    Lzzy Hale is one “hale” of a frontwoman, laying down the rhythm on the guitar and belting out mighty vocals from behind the mic. She’s got the power and feeling to match any guy out there, delivering electric performances each night with Halestorm. Not to mention, the band delivered another stellar disc with 2015's Into the Wild Life.

    Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
  • Jill Janus


    Jill Janus is one of the most imposing frontwomen, leading the attack for Huntress. Her voice soars with sparkling clarity, still retaining a slight hint of grit, giving the band attitude. Belting out every word with power, Janus adds some raspy shrieks here and there when the music calls for it. Despite battling some very serious health issues, Janus has soldiered on, delivering Huntress' latest album, Static, in September.

    Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
  • Maria Brink

    In This Moment

    Maria Brink and In This Moment have been carving out their own style for over 10 years, fusing pop elements and destructive metal along with a theatrical show to boot. She goes through several outfit changes, crafting an experience of a show in her own dark and twisted musical world. The band toured relentlessly this year in support of their 2014 disc Black Widow.

    Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
  • Mlny Parsonz

    Royal Thunder

    Royal Thunder singer-bassist Mlny Parsonz dialed in a breathtaking performance on the album Crooked Doors, complementing the band’s rock dirges. The tone of her voice alone is carries more emotional weight than she can seem to bare. Just one listening to the hypnotic opener “Time Machine” is definitive proof that she is one of the leading frontwomen of the modern age.

    Liz Ramanand, Loudwire