Lady Gaga has been announced the Woman of the Year prior to the annual Billboard event that has been taken up by Lifetime to air on television.
Last year, Taylor Swift was honored in a ceremony celebrating the brand Women in Music as the Billboard Woman of the Year honor. The ceremony also honored amazing artists like Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Charli XCX and Idina Menzel.
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This year Swift will be succeeded by none other than Lady Gaga. The six time Grammy winner is a definitely deserving winner of the Billboard Woman of the Year title. She has definitely exceeded herself this year with the recently hit No. 1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart with her video "Till It Happens to You," a track written for the college sexual assault documentary, The Hunting Ground.
The documentary premiered at Sundance in January and will air on CNN later this year. Gaga's last appearance on the chart was with the Tony Bennett duet "Anything Goes," which entered the top 10 on July 29.
The two recently concluded a 36-show tour through North America and Europe in support of their 2014 album Cheek to Cheek. Gaga's solo follow-up, her fifth studio album, is expected to be released next year.
Her performance of ‘The Sound of Music’ at this year’s Oscars was definitely a classic. More so her new turn on FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, which premieres Oct. 7 has made her a dominant and rising star in all the platforms of pop culture.
Lady Gaga herself was surprised and expressed her awe with a tweet. She wrote, "I can't believe @billboard named me Woman of the year thank you so much. I am so so so so grateful. My gosh good morning!"
The other honourees will be announced in weeks to come. Lifetime has partnered up with Billboard to televise the show. The woman oriented network has made a three-year deal with Billboard to televise the music brand's Women in Music event for the first time in its 10-year history.
Don Mischer Productions, whose work includes multiple Billboard Music Awards, Oscars, Emmys (including the last two) and Super Bowl halftime shows, will produce the inaugural televised outing, to be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York and aired Dec. 18.
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Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's entertainment group, which consists of Billboard and THR, said that Billboard's Woman of the Year has always represented the finest in music, and the anointing of a key influential figure who drove the conversation for that year. No one embodies that more than Lady Gaga in 2015.