the Billboard Award Women in Music 2016


Billboard is to announce the addition of hitmaker singer-songwriters Meghan Trainor and Maren Morris to the list of honorees at Billboard‘s 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12. Both Trainor and Morris will also perform live at the gala, which will honor Madonna as 2016’s Woman of the Year.

The Grammy-winning pop star Trainor will be recognized with the 2016 Women in Music ‘Chart Topper’ award, recognizing an artist who notched notable achievements on Billboard‘s music charts this year.

“Meghan Trainor’s one-of-a-kind voice and bold personal style have propelled her to the top of the Billboard charts,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “From ‘All About that Bass’ to ‘No,’ Trainor’s songs have helped make her the consummate ‘Chart Topper.’”

Country sensation Morris will be the recipient of this year’s Women in Music ‘Breakthrough Artist’ award, given to an artist who’s emerged as a leading voice in the past year, and released career-defining work.

“Maren Morris has dominated this year, easily becoming one of the most talked-about women in country music today,” Min added. “With a breakthrough nothing short of incredible, Maren has a stellar career ahead of her that will be marked by enormous commercial and critical success.”

Trainor first emerged on the national scene with the irresistible throwback pop of her debut single “All About That Bass” in 2014. The song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, and won two trophies at the Billboard Music Awards, for top Hot 100 song and top digital song. “Bass” also helped spur blockbuster sales of her first full-length LP, Title, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2015, and spawned two more Hot 100 top 10 hits: “Lips Are Movin” and the John Legend-featuring “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”

In the past year, Trainor released her sophomore album, Thank You, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and scored another smash with the LP’s lead single “No,” which peaked at No. 3, making for the artist’s fourth top 10 hit on the Hot 100. She also won her first Grammy, for best new artist, and covered Billboard Magazine in July. To date, Trainor’s songs have received more than 2 billion on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

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