From Dua Lipa To Cardi B, Meet The Billboard Women In Music Honorees
AKA the soundtrack to your 2020.
After the year we’ve had, Billboard’s 15th annual Women in Music event is sure to lift your spirits.
Hosted live by Teyana Taylor at 8pm ET December 10th, the ceremony is going virtual due to the pandemic.
The event celebrates the most influential women in music. Looking back over the colossal changes that took place in 2020, and how many of us turned to entertainment to cope, we’re sure the winners will be hard to choose from.
Ahead of the ceremony, the nights Honorees have been announced. Check them out below:
Despite dropping only one majorly successful single this year, the cultural significance of WAP ft. Megan thee Stallion cannot be denied. This, and the singles chart success, have led to Cardi to be awarded Woman of the Year. This is the perfect end to a successful year for Cardi- her album Invasion of Privacy was announced as the longest charting album by a female rapper in Billboard 200 history (124 weeks), and her collaboration with Reebok has consistently sold out.
Joining previous recipients Cyndi Lauper, Mary J Blige, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, and Alanis Morissette, Jennifer will receive the prestigious Icon Award. Considering her long-standing influence in the music industry and pop culture (Jenny from the Block, anyone?), we can’t wait to see Jennifer take her crown.
Fresh from her mega-donation of one million dollars to the Moderna Covid vaccine research, Dolly will receive the Hitmaker Award at the ceremony. An iconic artist with an outstanding career spanning 60 years, Dolly undoubtedly deserves the title of a Hitmaker.
Dua Lipa is one of the most successful new artists in recent years. Atop of the successes of her first two albums, she has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards and 10 Brit Awards, also becoming the first female artist to receive 5 nominations in one year for the latter. Dua will add to these achievements by receiving the Powerhouse Award for her domination of the charts.
Jessie Reyez has had a busy 2020. She received her first Grammy nomination for her second EP Being Human in Public, she was the opening act for Billie Eilish on her Where Do We Go? world tour, and she was nominated for two awards at the 2020 Juno Awards. It’s no surprise that she will receive the American Express Impact Award on December 10th.
Chloe x Halle
These talented sisters are two of the worthiest recipients for the Rising Star award, presented by Honda. They’ve become social media sensations with their unique sound and catchy R&B melodies. The duo, who are signed to Beyoncé’s management company, pull inspiration from artists such as Grimes and Missy Elliot. In June, they released their second album Ungodly Hour (which debuted at number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart), and in July, they modelled in Fendi's #MeAndMyPeekaboo campaign.
Brianna Agyemang & Jamila Thomas
Perhaps the most ground-breaking recipients on this list, Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas will receive the Executives of the Year Award. Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th 2020, the two launched a campaign to make the billion-dollar music industry pause (#TheShowMustBePaused). For their innovation and continuous efforts, the duo will be recognized at the ceremony.