Billboard Women in Music
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Billboard Women in Music is an annual event held by Billboard. Its main award is titled Woman of the Year, established to recognize "women in the music industry who have made significant contributions to the business and who, through their work and continued success, inspire generations of women to take on increasing responsibilities within the field" according to the magazine. Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Janelle Monáe, and Ariana Grande are the only women who have more than one award.
- 1 Woman of the Year award
- 2 Rising Star award
- 3 Triple Threat Award
- 4 Rulebreaker Award
- 5 Trailblazer Award
- 6 Group of the Year
- 7 Chart-Topper
- 8 Icon of the Year
- 9 Impact Award
- 10 Legend Award
- 11 Breakthrough Artist
- 12 Hitmaker
- 13 Innovator
- 14 Powerhouse
- 15 Executives of the Year
- 16 Women of the Year in Music
- 17 References
Woman of the Year award
In 2007, Reba McEntire was honored with Billboard's first Woman of the Year Award because of "her success as a recording artist, contributions to the business, and leadership in embracing the changing music business." Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award. Taylor Swift is the only woman to be honored twice and also the youngest winner of the award. The most recent winner of this award is Ariana Grande.
- 2007: Reba McEntire
- 2008: Ciara
- 2009: Beyoncé
- 2010: Fergie
- 2011: Taylor Swift
- 2012: Katy Perry
- 2013: Pink
- 2014: Taylor Swift
- 2015: Lady Gaga
- 2016: Madonna
- 2017: Selena Gomez
- 2018: Ariana Grande
Rising Star award
In 2008, Colbie Caillat was honored with Billboard's first Rising Star award because of "her ascent in the pop charts and the repercussion that her music caused." Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award.
- 2008: Colbie Caillat
- 2009: Lady Gaga
- 2010: Jazmine Sullivan
- 2011: Nicki Minaj
- 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen
- 2013: Janelle Monáe
- 2014: Ariana Grande
- 2015: Kelsea Ballerini
- 2016: Halsey
- 2017: Grace VanderWaal
- 2018: Hayley Kiyoko 
Triple Threat Award
- 2010: Lea Michele
The Rulebreaker Award recognizes female artists who use their music and platform to defy traditional industry expectations and advance a powerful message for young people. Demi Lovato was the first to be honored with the award in 2015.
The Trailblazer award is awarded to a female artist who acts as a music industry pioneer by using her platform to spotlight unheard voices and break ground for future generations of performers. Hayley Williams was the first to be honored for the award in 2014.
Group of the Year
Icon of the Year
The icon award is give to a female artist of extraordinary accomplishment, who has made historic contributions to the industry and artistry. Aretha Franklin was the first to be honored with the award in 2014.
The Impact Award was given for the first time to Solange Knowles because she "uses her voice to empower and develop new leaders of tomorrow through their on-air persona, platform, and philanthropic efforts to inspire social change across the masses".
- 2017: Solange Knowles
- 2014: Charli XCX
The Innovator Award recognizes female artists who challenge musical convention, create positive change and contribute new ideas both in and outside of their creative work.
Executives of the Year
- 2015: Emma Banks, Carol Kinzel, Marlene Tsuchii, Sara Newkirk Simon, Samantha Kirby Yoh, Natalia Nastaskin, Marsha Vlasic, Caroline Yim, Marcie Allen, Jennifer Breithaupt, Debra Curtis, Sara Clemens, Tamara Hrivnak, Vivien Lewis, Heather Moosnick, Katie Schlosser, Monica Escobedo, Julie Gurovitsch, Lindsay Shookus, Debra Lee, Sarah Moll, Brittany Schreiber, Dawn Soler, Lia Vollack, Lori Badgett, Martha Henderson, Julie Boos, Mary Ann McCready, Michele Anthony, Candace Berry, Maria Fernandez, Wendy Goldstein, Julie Greenwald, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Allison Jones, Michelle Jubelirer, Cindy Mabe, Sylvia Rhone, Brenda Romano, Jacqueline Saturn, Julie Swidler, Dana DuFine, Maureen Ford, Amy Howe, Ali Harnell, Debra Rathwell, Kathy Willard, Lee Ann Callahan-Longo, Allison Kaye, Sarah Stennett, Ty Stiklorius, Elizabeth Matthews, Ann Sweeney, Kelli Turner, Jody Gerson, Jennifer Knoepfle, Carianne Marshall, Sas Metcalfe, Katie Vinten, Jess Besack, Sharon Dastur, Anya Grundmann 
Women of the Year in Music
- 2018 Women of the Year in Music 
Latrice Burnett, Jennifer Hirsch-Davis - Island Records Nicki Farag - Def Jam Records Lori Feldman, Hildi Snodgrass - Warner Bros. Records Maria Fernandez - Sony Music Latin Andrea Ganis, Camille Hackney, Julliette Jones - Atlantic Records Wendy Goldstein, Sharon Dastur, Katina Bynum, Kerri Mackar - Republic Records Ethiopia Habtemariam - Motown Records Allison Jones - Big Machine Label Group Celine Joshua, Jennifer Baltimore, Elsa Yep - Universal Music Group Michelle Jubelirer - Capitol Music Group Sasha Junk - Kidz Bop Cris Lacy, Taylor Lindsey - Warner Music Nashville Cindy Mabe - Universal Music Nashville Jennifer Mallory - Columbia Records Sylvia Rhone, Traci Adams - Epic Records Brenda Romano, Annie Lee, Nicole Wyskoarko, Erika Savage -Interscope Geffen A&M Julie Swidler, Deirdre McDonald, Jennifer Fowler - Sony Music Entertainment Carolyn Williams, Camille Yorrick - RCA Records Desiree Perez - Roc Nation Dia Simms - Combs Enterprises Sarah Stennett - First Access Entertainment Ama Walton - BMG, Dana DuFine, Debra Rathwell, Brooke Michael Kain - AEG Amy Howe - Ticketmaster North America Kate McMahon, Sara Winter-Banks - Messina Touring Group Kathy Willard, Heather Parry, Maureen Ford, Tara Traub - Live Nation Entertainment Emma Banks, Marlene Tsuchii, Carole Kinzel, Caroline Yim - Creative Artists Agency Natalia Nastaskin, Cheryl Paglierani - United Talent Agency Yves C. Pierre, Jacqueline Reynolds-Drumm - ICM Partners
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