‘What a Force’: Lady Gaga Is Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year
That sound you hear, if you pay very close attention, is the sound of your favorite pop queen quietly weeping and cursing her own very bad luck. That’s because Lady Gaga has been named Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year.
Billboard is partnering with Lifetime to televise the event for the first time in its 10-year history. The ceremony will take place Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midown in New York City, and it will air a week later (again, on Lifetime) on Dec. 18. Set your DVRs, Little Monsters (and obsessed haters).
“We’re delighted to partner with Billboard on this special event, bringing it to a mass audience for the first time ever,” says Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programming at Lifetime. Gateley continues: “Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and fortitude that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves.”
Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s entertainment group (which owns Billboard), says, “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. From her show-stopping performance at the Oscars, to her co-headlining tour, to her philanthropic outreach and foundation promoting youth wellbeing and empowerment, to her new role as TV star, there is no woman dominating popular culture tastes and its evolution as much as she is today. What a force.”
Of this honor, Gaga has (so far) only this to say:
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! ☕️
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 29, 2015
Gaga has not released a pop album since 2013’s ARTPOP, which saw a rather lukewarm response critically and commercially. But that has not slowed the Lady of Many Talents down: since wrapping up her ArtRAVE tour last year, she won a Grammy for Cheek to Cheek, her album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett; performed to universal acclaim at the Oscars; was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame; released a highly-discussed song highlighting the epidemic of campus rape, and, of course, she is set to make her television actress debut on American Horror Story: Hotel on Oct. 7.
Billboard’s Woman of the Year title was bestowed upon Taylor Swift last year, and other artists like Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and Charli XCX were also honored.