She’s already a singer, pop star and actress and now Lady Gaga can add the title of Woman of the Year to her long list of accomplishments, thanks to Billboard.
The American Horror Story: Hotel star earned this year’s Billboard honor for all of her achievements in the music industry, and entertainment industry as a whole, including her video “Till It Happens to You,” recently hitting No. 1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart. The track was written for the college sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance in January and will air on CNN later this year.
I can't believe @billboard named me Woman of the year thank you so much ???????????????????????? I am so so so so grateful. My gosh good morning! ☕️
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 29, 2015
“Billboard’s Woman of the Year has always represented the finest in music, and the anointing of a key influential figure who drove the conversation for that year. No one embodies that more than Lady Gaga in 2015,” says Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s entertainment group, which consists of Billboard and THR. “From her show-stopping performance at the Oscars, to her co-headlining tour, to her philanthropic outreach and foundation promoting youth wellbeing and empowerment, to her new role as TV star, there is no woman dominating popular culture tastes and its evolution as much as she is today. What a force.”
Lifetime, in partnership with Billboard, will air the event as a result of the network’s three-year deal with Billboard to televise the music brand’s Women in Music event for the first time in its 10-year history. The inaugural televised outing will be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York and is scheduled to air Dec. 18.
“We’re delighted to partner with Billboard on this special event, bringing it to a mass audience for the first time ever,” says Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programming at Lifetime. “Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and fortitude that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves.”
More honorees for this year’s Women in Music will be announced over the next few weeks.