Madonna Named Billboard 2016 Woman Of The Year

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Madonna Billboard Woman Of Year

By Andrew Shuster

Madonna Billboard Woman Of Year

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Madonna has been named Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year, the magazine announced Friday. The iconic singer will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, taking place in New York City on December 9.

“Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, who oversees Billboard magazine. “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.” Min continued, “She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”

Madonna also has the distinction of being the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, with more than $1.3 billion earned from her concert tours over the years. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the most No. 1 songs on any single Billboard chart. Billboard’s 2016 Women in Music event will air on Lifetime on December 12, and there will be additional honorees announced shortly. Previous artists named Woman of the Year include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Pink and Katy Perry.

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