If you grew up in the 90s, you were influenced by her music in some way. Shania Twain, the first country singer who crossed over into pop music, will be honored by receiving the Icon Award for Billboard Women In Music 2016. Stars of today, including Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood have cited Twain as their influence with their own music. Over her career that spans over three decades, she has had four number one albums, selling over 15 million albums in the US alone.
Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard group says of the award being given to Shania Twain: “She’s fearless in her career, following her own path and pushing the boundaries of the country music genre as she creates music that has proven to be timeless. She is revered in the industry and we are honored to present the Icon award to her.”
One of the most iconic voices of our generation, Halsey came, saw and conquered with the release of her first album BADLANDS in 2015. The album eventually went platinum. Her influence crosses music and takes over culture, and the proof is in her popularity, with sold-out shows that sell within minutes of tickets going on sale. She is currently perched on top of the Billboard charts with her collaboration with The Chainsmokers for Closer. She is set to receive the Rising Star award for Billboard Women In Music 2016.
Min says of Halsey: “(She) is the voice of a generation, someone who is an impassioned political advocate and personal artist, the kind who can have a No. 1 single, as she did with Closer and not at all be characterized as your typical pop star. Her credibility and talent make her a must-have collaborator for the likes of Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers. Her incredible talent has earned her this year’s Rising Star award, and we look forward to hearing what’s next from her as she continues making music during what we know will be a long and successful career.”
The 11th annual Women in Music event will be held on December 9th in New York City. The event is in conjunction with Billboard’s publication of Women in Music list, which defines 50 most powerful female executives in the industry on a yearly basis.
Madonna is set to receive 2016 Woman of the Year award. She, at the age of 58, still manages to draw crowds for her concerts, and lives on the success of her past hits that date back to when she was a pop icon in the 80s. She raked in $170 million in ticket sales this year alone.