The AfterEllen.com 2008 Visibility Awards

 
 

QUEER MUSICIAN/MUSICAL GROUP OF THE YEAR


Uh Huh Her

The pop/rock band fronted by Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey is a fan favorite not just because Hailey’s on The L Word (although that certainly helps). The band’s music is catchy and popular, and their tireless outreach to the queer community doesn’t go unnoticed.

Whether it’s via concerts at Dinah, guesting on video blogs, or talking about their gay fans, Uh Huh Her has cemented their popularity with queer women around the world.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Kin “Make Up Girl”

The music video for Kin’s song “Make Up Girl” (watch it here) shows the softer side of MC’s Nor and IQ, as they apologize to their girlfriends for cheating. A well-edited video emphasizing the song’s strong beats and showcasing strong black women, “Make Up Girl” drew much praise from fans, and brought them many new ones.

BEST SONG

Missy Higgins “Where I Stood”

Featured on bisexual Australian singer Missy Higgins’s second album, On a Clear Night, her single "Where I Stood” (watch the music video here) became a break-out hit in America and was featured in a variety of TV shows from Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Smallville, Lipstick Jungle, One Tree Hill to The Hills and So You Think You Can Dance.

The mid-tempo song about love lost showed off Missy’s talent as both a songwriter and musician, and she was invited by the Indigo Girls and Ben Folds on national tours this year – when she wasn’t headlining her own sold-out shows.

WORST SONG

Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl”

Katy Perry’s hit song "I Kissed a Girl" is the "winner" in this category partly because of its likeability and popularity. The fact that it’s such a fun, catchy, danceable song that has legions of American teenagers singing along to it makes the homophobic nature of its lyrics — which reinforce the idea of bisexuality as alcohol-fueled experimentation, and position kissing another woman as "not what good girls do" — that much more insidious.

"I Kissed a Girl" is likely to be a controversial choice for "Worst Song" — many lesbian and bisexual women see the song as simply harmless fun — but to many of us, this feels like just one more straight woman profiting from promoting stereotypes about lesbians and bisexual women, which is especially frustrating considering the ongoing lack of positive mainstream visibility in America of actual lesbian and bisexual women, and our current fight for gay civil rights.

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