Mary J. Blige has been blessing the masses with gut-wrenching anthems and danceable tunes for over 20 years, and will be recognized for her work by Billboard at this year’s Women in Music ceremony.
The “No More Drama” singer will be presented with the Icon Award while Grace VanderWaal, who made a name for herself as a winner on America’s Got Talent, will be honored with this year’s Rising Star award, according to TheHollywoodReporter.
Selena Gomez has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year for 2017 while Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello and Kehlani are also set to receive honors. Performers at this year’s Women in Music event include honorees Clarkson, Cabello, Kehlani and VanderWaal.
“The Billboard Women in Music event was created to spotlight female trailblazers in the music industry,” Dana Miller, chief marketing officer of The Hollywood Reporter – Billboard Media Group, says. “Whether entertaining sold-out crowds or signing the next big artist, the women we celebrate are powerful leaders and pioneers, creating inspirational legacies and opening doors.”
The Women in Music red carpet pre-show and awards ceremony are scheduled to live stream via Twitter on Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.