Generation Z might not care too much for her but those in the industry know when it comes to respect and tribute, only one woman deserves it above a factory belt of Beyonce and Gaga wannabes and soundalikes: and that’s Madonna.
The artist has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year 2016 where the queen of pop will be presented with an award mid-Winter in New York at a prestigious Women in Music event.
This is the 11th year in which Billboard magazine pays tribute to those women who help shape not only music, but pop culture and societal sensibilities at large.
Says Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, ““Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. 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.”
Min also highlighted Madonna’s visibility as a feminist whose influence has helped challenge and change conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.
This year alone, Madonna wound up a massive world tour (selling over 1 million seats), paid tribute to Prince (performing alongside Stevie Wonder) at the Billboard Music Awards, made political statements about ageism and sexism at the Met Gala, and of course has offered her opinions on the 2016 US election. Put simply, the girl just won’t slow down.
But it is her philanthropic activity that impresses us most. Madonna’s Raising Malawi organisation is now constructing Malawi’s first pediatric surgery which will include an intensive care unit, helping double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, and providing intensive care after critical procedures. Named after her adopted child, the Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility is scheduled to open in 2017. Antonino Tati
Billboard’s Women In Music 2016 event will be held December 9th in New York, with the event being aired on the US Lifetime channel on December 12.