The leading lady of Pop, Madonna, is all set to be Billboards Woman of the Year 2016 on 11th annual Billboard Women in Music Event on December 9 in New York City.
The 58-year-old queen of pop has seven Grammy’s in her pocket, with an outstanding 2016. Her 10th World tour, The Rebel Heart Tour, fetched her $169.8 million, catapulting her as the highest-grossing female touring artists of all times, according to ABC News.
Janice Min, President and Chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter- Billboard Media Group, said “Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there.”
“She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who has used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights,” Min added.
According to the reports, she will also be honored for her philanthropic work with her organization, Raising Malawi, started in 2006. It works to provide health and educational support to children in Malawi.
Madonna has been a constant force in pop culture and source of cultural conversation over the past year. In her powerful reply to her critics on her Met Gala appearance, she defended her daring sartorial choice saying that “We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement.” And of course, her indelible commentary on US Elections by following Katy Perry’s lead with nude support to Hillary Clinton was a headliner.
Last year, Lady Gaga was honored as Billboard‘s Woman of the Year. Madonna joins other honorees such as Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Pink and Taylor Swift.