Two years ago, P!nk earned the honor. Taylor Swift snagged the title for the second time in her career in 2014. This year, Lady Gaga joins the ranks of those ladies along with Fergie, Beyonce, Ciara and Katy Perry as ‘Billboard Woman of the Year‘.
“Billboard’s Woman of the Year has always represented the finest in music, and the anointing of a key influential figure who drove the conversation for that year. No one embodies that more than Lady Gaga in 2015,” says Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s entertainment group, which consists of Billboard and THR. “From her show-stopping performance at the Oscars, to her co-headlining tour, to her philanthropic outreach and foundation promoting youth wellbeing and empowerment, to her new role as TV star, there is no woman dominating popular culture tastes and its evolution as much as she is today. What a force.”
Lifetime has inked a three-year deal with Billboard to televise the event. The inaugural televised outing will be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York but aired later on Dec. 18. More honorees for this year’s Women in Music will be revealed in the coming weeks. Last year celebrated Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Charli XCX and Idina Menzel, along with Swift.
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