Billboard, the leading destination for charts, news, trends and innovations in music, announces today it will honor Ariana Grande with its 2018 Woman of the Year award.
The award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist will accept the honor at the 13th annual Women in Music dinner and awards ceremony on December 6 in New York City. The highly-regarded event, held in conjunction with the release of Billboard’s Women in Music issue, will also honor the most powerful female executives in the industry.
“Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry,” says Billboard’s VP of Content, Ross Scarano. “Certain in her convictions, she consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women. She’s got guts, she’s making some of the best music of her career, and she’s absolutely deserving of Woman of the Year.”
Over the past year, Grande has continued to assert herself as one of popular music’s indispensable superstars, with Top 40 hits including “No Tears Left To Cry,” “Breathin'” and “God Is A Woman.” All three singles come from Grande’s critically acclaimed 2018 full-length, Sweetener, which became her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albumschart and scored the largest streaming week ever for a pop album by a female artist upon its release.