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Billboard‘s 2008 Woman of the Year honoree Ciara returns this year as host of its annual Women in Music dinner and awards ceremony, honoring the many powerful women in today’s music industry. Along with previously announced honorees, Solange will receive this year’s Impact Award.
“The Billboard Women in Music event was created to spotlight female trailblazers in the music industry,” explained Dana Miller, chief marketing officer, The Hollywood Reporter – Billboard Media Group. “Whether entertaining sold-out crowds or signing the next big artist, the women we celebrate are powerful leaders and pioneers, creating inspirational legacies and opening doors.”
The American Express Impact Award honors a woman who “uses her voice to empower and develop new leaders of tomorrow through their on-air persona, platform, and philanthropic efforts to inspire social change across the masses.” Solange easily fits the category, with her critically acclaimed debut A Seat at the Table, which the singer performed for former President Barack Obama, as well as to sold-out crowds at Radio City Music Hall, among others.
Actress/singer Taraji P. Henson and producer Diplo, among others, will be presenters at this year’s dinner. Other honorees include Woman of the Year recipient Selena Gomez, Powerhouse Award winner Kelly Clarkson, Icon Award winner Mary J. Blige, Camila Cabello as this year’s Breakthrough Artist and Kehlani as Billboard‘s Rule Breaker, as well as this year’s Rising Star, Grace VanderWaal.
Women in Music’s red carpet preshow, as well as the event, are scheduled to live-stream via Twitter from 6 to 9 p.m. PT on Thursday.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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