2018 has been a whirlwind of a year for Ariana Grande. From losing her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, to releasing her album, Sweetener, to getting engaged (and breaking off said engagement) to Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, her year has been filled with plenty of ups and downs.
Now, she’s been named Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year, marking a major win for her career. The honor has previously been given to other powerhouse females in the industry, including Selena Gomez, Madonna, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga.
“Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry,” says Billboard’s VP of Content, Ross Scarano.
“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.”
According to a press release from Billboard, Ariana will be officially honored on December 6 at the 13th Annual Women in Music dinner in New York City.
The event and red-carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on Twitter, 7pm-10pm EST on December 6. Additional honorees of Billboard’s 2018 Women in Music event will be announced in the coming weeks.
thank u for this honor @billboard 🖤
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 6, 2018