Reba McEntire was their inaugural Woman of the Year Award recipient back in 2007. Since then, the likes of Beyoncé, Fergie, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ciara and twice Taylor Swift have earned the honor. For the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event, Madonna joins the list. The 58-year-old icon is Billboard’s Woman Of The Year for 2016.
Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, who oversees Billboard magazine. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there.” Min continued, “She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”
Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. Throughout her career, she’s earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38. Additionally, she’s the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses. Her most recent one, The Rebel Heart Tour sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million.
The 11th annual Women in Music event will take place in New York City on December 9 and will air the following day on Lifetime.
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