Winners of Billboard Magazine's "Woman of the Year" Award (2007-2017)
Selena Gomez (2017)
Selena Gomez, a native of Texas, got her show business start on a kid's show called Barney & Friends. She also was a guest star on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana. Her first lead role came in the series entitled Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2009, she released her debut pop album called Kiss & Tell, and her name has remained on the pop music charts since that time.
In 2009, Gomez became an ambassador for UNICEF, a group of which she had been a long-time supporter. She has been praised for going public with her battle with lupus, which caused her to undergo a life-saving kidney transplant in 2017.
Madonna: A Brilliant Woman Who Counts Her Blessings
Madonna Louise Ciccone was born in Michigan and is a professional boundary pusher. She is also a master at the reinvention of self and is a seven-time Grammy award-winning artist who has sold over 300 million records and CDs. She literally dominated the music world in the 1980's and yet was selected as Billboard Magazine's Woman of the Year for 2016. That is the epitomy of staying power in the entertainment industry.
In her acceptance speech for the prestigious award, she said this: "I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. Michael (Jackson) is gone. Tupac (Shakur) is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney (Houston) is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I'm still standing. I'm one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings."
One element of Madonna's career that really takes center stage is how many times she's reinvented herself. It's easier to stay in one look, one comfort zone, one musical style. It's inspiring to see someone whose only predictable quality is being unpredictable.— Taylor Swift, Two-Time Winner of Billboard Magazine's "Woman of the Year" Award
3 of the 10 Winners Have Been From Texas
The winners of Billboard Magazine's Woman of the Year award were born in various places across the United States, but three of the 10 recipients hail from the state of Texas, which speaks well of the state famous for cowboys and longhorns. The women from The Lone Star State who have won the award include the following:
- Selena Gomez
Lady Gaga (2015)
Lady Gaga: Outlandish Fashion Sense Is Part of Her Appeal
The 2015 recipient of the award was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but is known professionally as Lady Gaga, an entertainer who has proven to be highly innovative - enough to become one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Unlike many others, she is not without training in performing arts, having studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City for ten years. At the age of 17, she was admitted to the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), a music school at New York University (NYU)'s Tisch School of the Arts. She withdrew from NYU during her second semester to focus on her music career.
Her live performances have featured constant costume changes; and her outlandish fashion style is a part of her overall appeal to the millions of people who are her fans.
To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.— Reba McEntire, First Recipient of Billboard Magazine's "Woman of the Year" Award
Taylor Swift (2014) and (2011)
Taylor Swift's Love Life
If you went looking for the exact opposite to Madonna or Lady Gaga, you might just run across the squeaky-clean singer Taylor Swift, who is the only woman to have won this award twice - in 2011 and in 2014.
Her award-winning songs have been stories of her personal relationships - how her heart was broken, and of the hearts she broke - while dating various men. Those songs, however, landed her on the Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time" list in 2015, a position that most songwriters only dream about. On that list, she was placed within the ranks of legendary performers such as James Taylor, the Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and Bob Dylan (#1 on the list).
Her accomplishments in the music industry are enough to fill a large book and we have barely scraped the tip of the iceberg with this article.
One thing I've learned is that I'm not the owner of my talent; I'm the manager of it.— Madonna
Katy Perry (2012)
Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.— Lady Gaga
Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life.— Beyonce'
Reba McEntire (2007)
Selena Gomez's official website.
Beyonce's official website with tour information and her life story.
All things Madonna can be found here on this official website.
This is Reba McEntire's official website. Read about her incredible journey to superstardom here.
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