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Hit Like A Girl

Feb 19, 2020, 06:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

HLAG logo 20202020 Contest Announced
Organizers of the ninth-annual Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers, percussionists, and beatmakers have announced details and changes for this year’s edition of the international celebration of drumming. The entry period for the drumset and beatmaking categories opens Monday, March 2, 2020 and ends Sunday, April 12, 2020. Participants in multiple age divisions can win thousands of dollars’ worth of gear, scholarships, special awards, and performance opportunities offered by today’s leading drum and media companies as well as several top educational institutions.

HLAG’s Marching Percussion contest moves to Fall 2020 and the new, year-round, non-competitive “Drum Summit” program replaces the previous World Percussion category. The Concert Percussion category has been discontinued. Drumset players can enter their performance videos during the six-week entry phase of the contest and participate in weekly contests judged by a team of teachers from the Sabian Education Network. Once the entry period closes, there are two weeks of public voting with the weekly winners and the ten most popular winners in each age group moving on to the final, celebrity judging round.

In the final round, drumset contestants will be judged by a panel of the world’s most popular and influential drummers such as Camille Bigeault, Emmanuelle Caplette, Vera Figueiredo, Sarah Jones, Senri Kawaguchi, Didi Negron, Anika Nilles, Sarah Thawer, and Jordan West, along with special guest judges Jojo Mayer and Andrew Marshall (Billie Eilish) and many more. HLAG entries from Mexico, England, France, India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia are simultaneously eligible for regional contests with local judges and prizes.

Audio tracks entered in Hit Like A Girl’s Beatmaking category will be judged by “Beats By Girlz,” a world-renowned group of female performers, programmers, and educators including BBG directors Erin Barra, Danielle Thwaites, Christin Light, and Krithi Rao.

Champions and winners for the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest will be announced online on May 18, 2020. For complete details, visit

DeArcusDe’Arcus Curry Named as Celebrity Spokesperson
De’Arcus Curry, former HLAG champion and current drummer for internationally-acclaimed musical artist Janelle Monae, has been selected as the official spokesperson of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers, percussionists, and beatmakers. De’Arcus will appear in advertising and marketing and represent the program at drum festivals and other events throughout the year.

International Champions and YouTube Sensation Yoyoka Soma Featured at NAMM
On Saturday, Jan. 18 on the NAMM Pioneer Pro Audio Arena Plaza Stage, the Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers, percussionists, and beatmakers presented a showcase of its recent Champions from around the world. The concert featured Chinese HLAG 2019 Champions Emma (<13), Larissa (13-17), and Vicky (18-39) as well as USA winner Milana and other special guests, including 10-year old Japanese drummer, HLAG Ambassador, and YouTube sensation Yoyoka Soma, and HLAG 2018 Beatmaking winner Marcella Fruehan.

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