Billie Eilish has done so much in 2019 for music, her fans and herself and she has one more thing to accomplish before she turns 18 next month: She will be accepting the award for Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
The LA native, is the youngest artist ever named Billboard‘s Woman of the Year and managed to dethrone the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 (19-week leader “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) when “Bad Guy” crowned the chart. As a double-whammy, her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? debuted atop the Billboard 200 in April, making her the first artist born this century to have a No. 1 album on that chart.
“Billie has disrupted the entertainment industry through her music and social media platforms, leaving an indelible impact on the global cultural zeitgeist,” says Hannah Karp, Billboard’s Editorial Director. “Her ability to speak to the Gen-Z population, making teens and young adults feel accepted in today’s society has quickly allowed Eilish to grow to the top of the charts, breaking the mold for this generation with her electric hair-color and sharp attitude.”
Billie Eilish joins the ranks of previous Woman of the Year honorees Ariana Grande (2018), Selena Gomez (2017), Madonna (2016), Lady Gaga (2015), Taylor Swift (2011 & 2014) and more. See the “Ocean Eyes” singer receive her figurative “crown” during the Billboard Women in Music event, streamed live from the Hollywood Palladium on December 12th via YouTube.com/Billboard starting at 9 p.m. ET.