Billboard magazine will hold its annual Women in Music awards dinner and gala in Hollywood Thursday evening, honoring singer Selena Gomez as the Woman of the Year.

Also during the ceremony, Kelly Clarkson will be presented with the Powerhouse award, Camila Cabello will receive the Breakthrough Artist award and Kehlani will receive the Rule Breaker award. All three will perform at the ceremony.

Mary J. Blige will receive the Icon award, while Grace VanderWaal, a winner on “America’s Got Talent,” will be presented with a Rising Star honor.

“The Billboard Women in Music event was created to spotlight female trailblazers in the music industry,” said Dana Miller, chief marketing officer of 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.”

Gomez will receive the top honor during the event at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“Not only is Selena soaring on the charts, but she continuously inspires young women everywhere to be authentic, give back and to not be afraid to use their voice,” said John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter- Billboard Media Group. “She is never afraid to speak her mind and has used her platform to advocate for the needs of others. We are thrilled to be able to honor her as our Woman of the Year.”

Over the past year, Gomez dominated the charts with Top 40 hits including “Bad Liar,” “Fetish” (featuring Gucci Mane), and “It Ain’t Me,” a collaboration with Kygo that became one of 2017’s biggest international smashes with over half-billion streams since its release.

Gomez executive-produced the acclaimed Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” created partnerships with Coach and Puma, “all the while inspiring fans through her tireless philanthropic work,” according to event organizers.

Additionally, Gomez helped raise more than $500,000 for the Lupus Research Alliance, a cause that has affected her personally as a lupus sufferer. She has also advocated for increased mental health awareness after opening up about her own treatment.

Gomez has been an active ambassador for UNICEF since 2009, traveling around the world raising awareness and funds, according to the statement.

Previous recipients of Billboard’s Woman of the Year award include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Beyonce and Madonna.

—City News Service

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