6:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Receive VH1 Trailblazer Honor
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been named one of the recipients of this year's VH1 Trailblazer Honors.
She'll receive the award during an hourlong special set to air March 8, International Women's Day, on VH1 and Logo. As previously announced, Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay will be honored at the event, which is also pegged to Women's History Month.
Pelosi made history when she was elected as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007. In 2019, she became the first person, in more than 60 years, to regain the title.
Pelosi is being honored for her commitment to "fight for women and families by working to lower health care costs, increase workers' pay through strong economic growth and rebuild America."
She's currently embroiled in a standoff with President Trump over his demand for border wall funding amid a partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22.
Pelosi previously attended the Trailblazer ceremony two years ago, when she presented the same award she's set to receive this year to Cyndi Lauper.
The 2019 VH1 Trailblazer Honors will "celebrate today's most respected politicians, entertainers, artists, activists, allies and icons who have dedicated their time and steadfast commitments to the women's movement and beyond. Centered around this year's incredible breakthroughs in female empowerment and human rights, the annual event will feature the landmark achievements of its honorees."
The event will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming days.
Past Trailblazer honorees include Ryan Murphy, Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and Orange Is the New Black, as well as Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
The VH1 Trailblazer Honors is executive produced by Amy Doyle, Vanessa Whitewolf and Andria Parides. Wendy Plaut and Marcia Lansdown are the executives in charge of celebrity talent. Amani Duncan and Lisa Lauricella are the executives in charge of music talent. Fonda Anita serves as executive in charge of production. Lauren Quinn is directing.