Dolly Parton To Be Honored at Billboard's "Women In Music" Event


Hosted by Teyana Taylor, Event Streams Live on December 10, 2020

Billboard today announced the first group of female powerhouses who will be honored at its 15th Annual Women in Music Event, including Cardi B, Chloe x Halle, Dolly Parton, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez and Jessie Reyez. Hosted by singer-songwriter Teyana Taylor, the high- profile event is held in conjunction with the release of Billboard’s Women in Music issue and will stream live on December 10 at at 8 pm EST.

Taylor will serve as host of the event for the first time, crowning a year that had the R&B queen collaborating with Kehlani, Elton John and Missy Elliot, as well as releasing The Album this past June.

  • Cardi B will be presented with the elite Woman of the Year Award, which is awarded to an act whose music, performances, cultural influence and activism has defined the year.

  • Jennifer Lopez is the recipient of this year’s Icon Award, which celebrates an artist whose impact on the music industry and greater artistic community has been immeasurable. She will join a select group of women who previously received this prestigious award, including Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain and Aretha Franklin.

  • Dua Lipa will receive the Powerhouse Award, which recognizes an act whose music dominated streaming, sales, radio and conversation this year.

  • Dolly Parton will be honored with the inaugural Hitmaker Award. The award recognizes a songwriter whose compositions have impacted the culture in a crucial way. Parton has been an inspiration for other female songwriters for decades, creating as many chart-topping hits as her male counterparts while also encouraging women to take ownership of their songs.

  • ● The recipients of the 2020 Executive of the Year Award, Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, are the trailblazers behind the #TheShowMustBePaused movement that quite literally pushed the pause button on the multibillion-dollar music industry in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

  • ● R&B duo Chloe x Halle will receive the Rising Star Award Presented by Honda, which honors a fast-rising act that's already shaping the culture and promises to grow its influence for years to come. The sisters have quickly made their way in the music industry, growing their talents as songwriters and producers without compromising their creative vision.

  • ● Colombian-Canadian songwriter Jessie Reyez will be honored with the American Express Impact Award, presented to an outspoken artist committed to social change by using their platform to fight for justice. Reyez continues to be vocal about social issues and injustices around the world, raising awareness about various important causes.

The 15th annual Women in Music Event will stream live at starting at 8pm EST. This year’s event will be sponsored by Honda and American Express.

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