Best Female Singer-Songwriter

Anne E. DeChant

Mix the passionate pleadings of Melissa Etheridge, the soulful folk harmonies of the Indigo Girls, and the wicked humor of Liz Phair, and you start to acquire a sense of Anne E. DeChant's outrageous talent. But comparisons aren't really fair, because this Clevelander's whole career is based on a style and wit that are unmistakably her own. She rocks, she croons, she charms audiences with comic grace. In the past decade, she's racked up a ton of awards, recorded five solo CDs, and performed with stars such as Stevie Nicks and Joan Jett. She's an unabashed activist for causes affecting women, gays, and lesbians, and she often plays in her hometown for free. What more could you want from a local rock star?