Billboard has selected award-winning artist Selena Gomez as the recipient of its 2017 Woman of the Year award. Selena Gomez is being recognized not only for her successful career but also for her continuing philanthropic work supporting multiple charities. Gomez will accept the award during the Women in Music awards ceremony to be held on November 30, 2017 at the Roy Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA. The 12th Annual Women in Music gala will be broadcast live on Twitter beginning at 6pm PT, 9pm ET.
Announcing Gomez’s award, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group President John Amato said, “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.”
Selena Gomez joins a list of Billboard’s Woman of the Year award winners that includes Madonna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, and Beyoncé.
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Over the past year, Gomez dominated the charts with Top 40 hits including “Bad Liar,” “Fetish” (featuring Gucci Mane), and “It Ain’t Me.” The latter, a collaboration with Kygo, became one of 2017’s biggest international smashes with over half a billion streams since its release. She’s also made headlines for far more than her pop radio prowess. Gomez executive-produced the acclaimed Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, launched partnerships with Coach and Puma, all the while inspiring fans through her tireless philanthropic work.
Gomez teamed up with the Step Up Foundation, became a coach for World Kindness Day, hosted the WE Day charity telecast, and participated in benefits like Somos Live and the Hand in Hand Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon. In addition, Gomez helped raise over $500,000 for the Lupus Research Alliance, a cause that has affected her personally. She has also advocated for increased mental health awareness after opening up about her own treatment and inspiring her young fans to find strength through outreach. Gomez has been an active ambassador for UNICEF since 2009, traveling around the world raising awareness and funds while promoting further involvement through her C.A.N. (Charity, Action, Now) initiative.
With six career Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, Gomez reigns as an arena headliner, a four-time Guinness World Record holder, and the most-followed person on Instagram with over 128 million followers. Gomez was honored with the ‘Chart-Topper’ Award at Billboard’s 2015 Women in Music event.