Ariana Grande is Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year for 2018, and will be on hand to receive the honour in person during Billboard’s annual Women in Music dinner and award gala in New York City next month on December 6.
Ross Scarano, Billboard’s Vice President of Content, said in a statement: “Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry. Certain in her convictions, she consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women. She’s got guts, she’s making some of the best music of her career, and she’s absolutely deserving of Woman of the Year.”
And the ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ hitmaker couldn’t be happier with the news, as she took to Twitter on Tuesday (06.11.18) to thank Billboard for the “honour”.
thank u for this honor @billboard 🖤
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 6, 2018
For Ariana, the award follows a tough year which has seen her mourning the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller – who died in September – and split from her fiancé Pete Davidson last month.
But the star has had some positives this year too, with her new track ‘thank u, next’ becoming the first pop song to reach the number one spot on Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Chart as well on the Top 100 U.S. Chart.
The song had 9 million streams worldwide in the first 24 hours, and Ariana also set the Spotify record for the biggest day for a female artist, with 8.19 million streams.
In August, her album ‘Sweetener’ debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.