The 13th annual event honors important women in music in conjunction with the release of their Women in Music issue. This year, it happens on Dec. 6 in New York and they’re honoring several impressive women. Soulful and candid singer-songwriter SZA will accept the Rule Breaker award, genre-bender Kacey Musgraves will collect the Innovator award and pop singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko will receive the Rising Star award.
“In their respective genres, SZA, Kacey Musgraves and Hayley Kiyoko are creating necessary space for more personal, authentic expression,” says Ross Scarano, Billboard’s VP of Content. “It makes for provocative, perspective-shifting work that is challenging traditional notions of songwriting in R&B, country, and pop music. We’re lucky to have three iconoclasts in one room together.”
SZA’s Rule Breaker award “recognizes a female artist who uses her music and platform to defy traditional industry expectations and advance a powerful message for young people today.” Musgraves’ Innovator award “recognizes a female artist who challenges musical convention, creates positive change and contributes new ideas both within and outside of her creative work.” Kiyoko’s Rising Star award recognizes an “up-and-coming artist whose cultural impact and exceptional talent have demonstrated a clear path to success.”
The 13th Annual Women in Music event happens Dec. 6. The red carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on Twitter that night.
Congratulations to all of these women on their accolades.