Madonna Named Billboard's Woman of the Year

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Billboard’s 11th annual Women in Music event kicks off in N.Y.C. on December 9, and the seven-time Grammy Award winner will be honored at the event which will be aired on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

Billboard’s 11th annual Women in Music event kicks off in N.Y.C. on December 9, and the seven-time Grammy Award winner will be honored at the event which will be aired on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

 

“Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, Janice Min said. “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. 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.”

Whilst Liz Gateley, EVP and Head of Programing for Lifetime, added: "Madonna is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and resilience that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves. We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Billboard and bring this powerful event directly to our viewers."

The award tops a big year for Madonna, she was named the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses. She also wrapped her Rebel Heart Tour in March, which earned US$170 million.

The 58-year-old is also helping to build the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in Malawi. The unit, which will reportedly open next year, will consist of three operating rooms, a 50-bed ward and a playroom, and will be named after her daughter Mercy, who she adopted from the nation in 2009.

The pop icon, who also adopted son David from Malawi, visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in July to oversee the construction of the new children's wing she is helping to fund with the help of her Raising Malawi Foundation, which she created in 2006.

Previous winners of Billboard's Woman of the Year award include Reba McEntire (2007), Ciara (2008), Beyoncé (2009), Fergie (2010),Taylor Swift (2011), Katy Perry (2012), Pink (2013), Taylor Swift again (2014) and Lady Gaga (2015).

The 11th annual Women in Music Event coincides with Billboard's Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful women in the industry.