Madonna has just been named the recipient of Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award. Billboard announced Friday that the singer-actress-activist will receive this honor at the 11th annual Women in Music Event, held Dec. 9 in New York City.
"Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music," Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, said in a statement. "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. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who's used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights."
The 11th annual Women in Music Event coincides with Billboard's Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful women in the industry.