Pop Stars Stun at Billboard’s ‘Women in Music’ Event – Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Jessie J & More!

'Woman of the Year'
Taylor Swift is Billboard's Woman of the Year
OMG! All the pop queens were at Billboard’s Women in Music luncheon yesterday! We’re talking Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and the list goes on!

Additionally, Taylor Swift’s birthday weekend officially began yesterday when she was honored as Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”, and the legendary queen of soul herself, Aretha Franklin, sang “Happy Birthday” to her. Get all the details of the intimate affair here!

Seriously. Aretha Franklin sang “Happy Birthday” to Taylor Swift, who turns 25 today!

Taylor was, understandably, nonplussed by the amazing serenade, tweeting:

When she received her “Woman of the Year” honor, Taylor delivered an inspiring speech.

She began with a (bad) joke, saying, “Being named Billboard Woman of the Year for a second time is this amazing early birthday present. I turn 25 at midnight tonight, and I fully intend to to celebrate like it’s 1989. I knew it was a bad joke when i wrote it, and I just did it anyway!”

She referred to her decision to leave Spotify, saying, “I’ve taken this year to stand up for my value as a songwriter, as a businesswoman and a content creator.”

“Events like this where we have the most powerful people in music all gathered in one room, events like this give me hope that the right conversations will start to take place, and I invite you all to join in the conversation,” Swift continued. “The greatest moment of the year for me was when my fans went out and proved that if you provide them with a bold statement and pour your life into an album, they’ll buy it.”

Her closing remarks were elegant and sweet, reminding everyone of the younger generation of songwriters:

“I want to thank Billboard for deciding to make me Woman of the Year for the second time…I really just feel like we need to continue to try and offer something to a younger generation of musicians. Because somewhere right now your future Woman of the Year is probably sitting in a piano lesson or in a girls choir. Today, right now, we need to take care of her. Thank you.”

Matt Lauer, who moderated the event, took this spectacular selfie!

Check out the gallery above to see the most influential women in music!