A music superstar has been named 2015 Woman of the Year by Billboard magazine. The honor goes to Lady Gaga, who will succeed last year’s honoree, Taylor Swift.
The award will be presented at the annual Women in Music event, to be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York, with the event to be televised Dec. 18 by Lifetime.
“Lifetime has partnered with Billboard to televise the event,” the magazine reports. “The female-focused cable network has inked a three-year deal with Billboard to televise the music brand’s Women in Music event for the first time in its 10-year history.”
This will be the first year the event is televised, with the telecast produced by Don Mischer Productions.
Said Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programming at Lifetime: “We’re delighted to partner with Billboard on this special event, bringing it to a mass audience for the first time ever. Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and fortitude that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves.”
Billboard adds: “In addition to Gaga’s new turn on FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Hotel,’ which premieres Oct. 7, the six-time Grammy-winning pop star and actress recently hit No. 1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart with her video ‘Till It Happens to You,’ a track written for the college sexual assault documentary ‘The Hunting Ground,’ which premiered at Sundance in January and will air on CNN later this year. Gaga’s last appearance on the chart was with the Tony Bennett duet ‘Anything Goes,’ which entered the top 10 on July 29. The two recently concluded a 36-show tour through North America and Europe in support of their 2014 album ‘Cheek to Cheek.’ Gaga’s solo follow-up, her fifth studio album, is expected to be released next year.”