Andra Day to Receive Powerhouse Award at Billboard Women in Music 2016
The 11th annual event, set for Dec. 9 in New York City, also will honor Madonna, Shania Twain and Halsey.
Andra Day, a vital voice in the singer-songwriter scene and dynamic live performer, will be honored as the recipient of the Powerhouse award at Billboard's 2016 Women In Music event. Day will accept the award for her breathtaking vocal prowess and perform at the Dec. 9 event in New York City, which will be broadcast Dec. 12 on Lifetime.
Inspired by the raw, honest vocal greats of music history (everyone from Billie Holiday to Lauryn Hill), Day saw her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall nominated for best R&B album at the 2016 Grammy Awards and its single, "Rise Up," nominated for best R&B performance. The motivational "Rise Up" hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, and serves as the theme song for the film We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, which also stars Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto and CNN’s Isha Sesay. In addition to performing at the Democratic National Convention in July, Day appeared with the legendary Stevie Wonder in an ad for Apple TV last year, performing "Someday at Christmas," which topped the Billboard & Clio Music Top Commercials chart. Day also earned three BET Awards and an NAACP Award this year.
“Andra Day’s voice, style, stage presence, music and lyrics combine in a way that makes her the very definition of a music powerhouse,” Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, said Tuesday in a statement. “From ‘Rise Up’ to her chart-topping collaboration with Stevie Wonder, she continues to prove her seemingly limitless talent.”
Pandora Jewelry also is partnering with Day for a pre-Women in Music event to celebrate the singer.
The 2016 Women in Music event also will honor Madonna, Shania Twain and Halsey. Aside from Day, Halsey also will perform at the 11th annual ceremony. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.
Madonna is 2016's Woman of the Year award recipient. Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.
Country legend Twain will receive the 2016 Women in Music Icon award, which celebrates an artist whose historic contributions to the music industry establish them among the highest class of performers.
Chart-topping singer-songwriter Halsey is this year's Women in Music Rising Star, recognized for her chart dominance and exceptional, unconventional talent.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com