After an incredible year with the release and subsequent success of her fourth album Sweetener, Ariana Grande has been named Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year.
The superstar singer, songwriter, actress and activist will be presented with the award on December 6th at the 13th annual Women in Music dinner and awards gala in New York. The “No Tears Left To Cry” singer joins the ranks of past honorees including Selena Gomez, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.
“Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry,” says Ross Scarano, Billboard’s VP of content. “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 course of her career, Grande has claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart three times. Her latest chart-topper was August’s Sweetener, home to the hits “No Tears Left to Cry” and “God Is a Woman.” The effort also scored the largest streaming week ever for a pop album by a female artist upon its release.
The Women in Music event and red-carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on December 6th via Twitter from 7:00 to 10 p.m. ET. Sponsors include American Airlines, Honda Stage and Nielsen Music.