This beyond weird year will mark the 15th Billboard celebration of Women in Music, and though it may not be the star-studded party it typically is, fans will still get to see some music industry celebrities collect major hardware — including Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Lopez, and more. This year’s virtual event will be hosted by singer/songwriter/reality star Teyana Taylor and will take place on December 10 at 8 p.m. ET.The woman of the evening — Billboard’s own Woman of the Year — will be rapper/designer/activist Cardi B, who despite being in lockdown like the rest of us, has had a remarkable 2020. Not only has she managed to top charts and drop jaws with her hit song ‘WAP’ (along with collaborator Megan Thee Stallion), she also designed a line of Reebok products
which have almost completely sold out, all while making sure her voice was heard when it came to the Black Lives Matter movement and the November presidential
race. Woman of the Year, indeed.
Dolly Parton, who fans are crediting (at least in part) with curing Coronavirus
, will also be honoured at the event. Parton will receive 2020’s Hitmaker Award for the impact her body of work has made within the music industry and beyond. Jennifer Lopez will accept Billboard’s Icon Award for her many artistic contributions to pop music (nevermind her work in the realm of rom coms). Previous honourees in this category have included Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and Alanis Morissette.[video_embed id='2079286']RELATED: How Dolly Parton helped create a COVID-19 vaccine[/video_embed]Dua Lipa, Chloe x Halle, and Jessie Reyez are among the other pop superstars who will take the stage on December 10 to be celebrated for their own achievements this year, while the 2020 Executive of the Year Award will go to the two women behind the #TheShowMustBePaused
. Launched by Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, both senior directors of marketing at Atlantic Records, the social media movement encouraged music industry executives and record labels alike to support Blackout Tuesday, a day of social media silence in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements following the murder of George Floyd. The initiative was adopted by nearly every major record label in the business including Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Elektra, HitCo, Interscope Geffen, Island Records, Pulse, Reservoir, Republic Records, Sony Music, Virgin, Universal and Warner Records.
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