INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: OUR WINNER OF THE YEAR 2023 JOAN ARMATRADING
International Women’s Day (8th of March) is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political.
BonaFideStudio traditionally celebrates it by giving The Women of the Year Tribute and this 2023 we chose a singer songwriter and musician Joan Armatrading. Her influence on a generation of singer-songwriters as one of the outstanding voices in British music since the 1970s is undeniable and still going strong. But the reason for our award to her is not just her services to music but to charity and equal rights too.
We met her in person for the very first time when she was serving as president of the Women of the Year Lunches, and we kept in touch through our and her involvement at The Prince’s Trust.
LONDON – FEBRUARY 01: Joan Armatrading poses with a guitar at the Born To Rock Exhibition at Harrods on February 1, 2007 in London, England. Guitars worth tens of millions of pounds were delivered by armoured security to the store and make up part of the Born To Rock Exhibition. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Joan is a three-time Grammy Award nominee; she has also been nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. She received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996. In a recording career spanning nearly 50 years, Jaon has released 20 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations. In October 2011, Armatrading was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award in recognition of her contribution to music. In May 2012, before her concert at Uttoxeter, as part of the 2012 Acoustic Festival of Britain, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2001 Birthday Honoursand Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.
We cannot think of anyone more deserving of our Tribute.
Congratulations and Happy International Women’s Day!