Global pop superstar Selena Gomez will receive the 2017 Billboard Woman of the Year Award at the upcoming awards gala which will be held in Los Angeles on Nov. 30 at the Roy Dolby ballroom. Gomez is a two-time Billboard 200 chart-topper with her 2013 debut solo album Stars Dance and its 2015 follow-up, Revival. She received the Billboard Women in Music Chart-Topper Award in the latter year and is a four-time Billboard Music Award nominee.
The “Good For You” songstress joins an elite list of previous Billboard Woman of the Year honorees including her good friend Taylor Swift (who received the honor twice), P!nk, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Fergie, and last year’s winner Madonna. Gomez earns this distinction following her recent medical battle, which resulted in a kidney transplant.
Despite her illness, Gomez enjoyed great chart success in the past couple of years. Her singles “Same Old Love,” “Hands to Myself,” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” made the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 cut. Her 2017 track “Bad Liar” made the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20. She’s been busy collaborating with other artists such as Julia Michaels, Gucci Maine, and Kygo. She worked with EDM producer Marshmello on her most recent single, “Wolves, which dropped on Oct. 25. She was also the first performer announced for the 2017 American Music Awards.
John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group praised Gomez in a Billboard statement saying, “Not only is Selena soaring on the charts, but she continuously inspires young women everywhere to be authentic, give back and to not be afraid to use their voice. She is never afraid to speak her mind and has used her platform to advocate for the needs of others. We are thrilled to be able to honor her as our Woman of the Year.”
Gomez’s creative endeavors extend beyond music as she executive-produced the important, critically-acclaimed Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.” She also teamed with Puma and Coach, and has worked in many different charity arenas. Gomez was diagnosed with Lupus in 2015 and raised more than $500,000 for Lupus Research Alliance. She’s also been a UNICEF ambassador for the past eight years.
More 2017 Billboard Women in Music honorees are yet to be named. Previous award categories include the Rising Star Award, Triple Threat Award (with “Glee” star Lea Michele earning the first-ever honor), the Rulebreaker Award (won by Demi Lovato in 2015 and Alessia Cara in 2016), the Trailblazer Award, Group of the Year, Icon of the Year and more. The 2017 Billboard Women in Music award ceremony will be broadcast live on Twitter for the first time this year, along with a red carpet pre-show event.
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