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Billboard Women in Music is an annual event held by Billboard. Its main award is titled Woman of the Year, established to recognize "women in the music industry who have made significant contributions to the business and who, through their work and continued success, inspire generations of women to take on increasing responsibilities within the field" according to the magazine.Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Janelle Monáe, and Ariana Grande are the only women who have more than one award.
In 2007, Reba McEntire was honored with Billboard's first Woman of the Year Award because of "her success as a recording artist, contributions to the business, and leadership in embracing the changing music business." Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award. Taylor Swift is the only woman to be honored twice. The most recent winner of this award is Ariana Grande.
In 2008, Colbie Caillat was honored with Billboard's first Rising Star award because of "her ascent in the pop charts and the repercussion that her music caused." Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award.
The Rulebreaker Award recognizes female artists who use their music and platform to defy traditional industry expectations and advance a powerful message for young people.Demi Lovato was the first to be honored with the award in 2015.
The Trailblazer award is awarded to a female artist who acts as a music industry pioneer by using her platform to spotlight unheard voices and break ground for future generations of performers.Haley Williams was the first to be honored for the award in 2014.
The icon award is give to a female artist of extraordinary accomplishment, who has made historic contributions to the industry and artistry.Aretha Franklin was the first to be honored with the award in 2014.
The Impact Award was given for the first time to Solange Knowles because she "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".
The Innovator Award recognizes female artists who challenge musical convention, create positive change and contribute new ideas both in and outside of their creative work.