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Madonna Is Crowned as Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year

LAS VEGAS, CA- MAY 19: Singer Madonna poses in the press room at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Madonna has added another jewel to her crown as Billboard‘s 2016 Woman of the Year.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner will be honored at the 11th annual Women in Music event in New York City on Dec. 9. The ceremony will be aired on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

The 58-year-old singer has had a standout year. Her 10th world tour, The Rebel Heart Tour, grossed $169.8 million, catapulting her as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, according to ABC News.

Madonna will also be honored for her philanthropic work with her organization, Raising Malawi, which was started in 2006. It provides health and educational support to children in Malawi.

“Madonna is one of the miniscule number of super-artiss who influence and career transcend music,” Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter–Billboard Media Group, said in a statement. “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’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”

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.



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