Lady Gaga has been named Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year, succeeding Taylor Swift who has previously earned the title.
Last year, alongside Swift, the intimate event also celebrated successful performers Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Charli XCX and Idina Menzel.
More honourees for this year’s Women in Music will be unveiled within the coming weeks. The awards honour female visionaries who contribute to the direction of popular music.
The inaugural event will be held on December 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York before being televised on December 18. Don Mischer Productions, of Billboard Music Awards, Academy Awards and Super Bowl halftime fame will produce the event.
Lifetime has partnered with Billboard to broadcast the proceedings, after signing a three-year deal to air the Women in Music event for the first time in its 10-year history.
The timing seems to come as quite a surprise though, as Gaga has not been at the front of pop music as much as in previous years, however the controversial performer has more than paved her way in the industry to gain this recognition.
The ‘Bad Romance’ singer has most recently been touring with jazz legend Tony Bennett following the release of their duet album ‘Cheek to Cheek’. Most recently she is being eagerly anticipated for her upcoming role in hit tv series ‘American Horror Story’ where she is taking over the lead role.
“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.”
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