Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Event is just around the corner and even more women industry are set to be honored. On Thursday, Dec. 12 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, Alicia Keys and Megan Thee Stallion will be among the top female artists to be honored, Billboard announced.
Fifteen-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist/songwriter/musician/producer/philanthropist Alicia Keys will be honored with the American Express Impact Award for her inspiring work with She is the Music. Since last year’s WIM event, the organization has partnered with the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Universal and Billboard; unveiled a Latin committee; held all-female writing camps, including one that took place earlier this week in partnership with American Express; and garnered support from festivals like All Things Go and the NMPA Songs Foundation.
Another artist to be celebrated for empowering women is Houston native Megan Thee Stallion who will earn this year’s Powerhouse Award. With her Fever mixtape, the Houston native presented an unshakeable confidence and penchant for effortless rhymes; “Cash S**t,” a RIAA-certified platinum hit featuring DaBaby, became her first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 chart, followed by her team-up with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer,” named after her signature catchphrase. After exhibiting her stage command on tour with Future and Meek Mill, Megan signed a management deal with Roc Nation, promising a plethora of must-hear music in 2020.
Other music industry women to be honored include Nicki Minaj (who will receive the Game Changers Award), Roc Nation’s COO Desiree Perez (who will receive the 2019 Executive of the Year Award), and Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía (who will receive the Rising Star Award).
“Women in Music is a celebration of artists and executives who are changing the world through their work. We are excited to honor Alicia Keys, Rosalía and Megan thee Stallion, whose singular visions and voices are shifting our culture while inspiring fans to stay true to themselves,” said Hannah Karp, Billboard’s Editorial Director.
Billboard’s Women in Music Event and Red Carpet Pre-show will stream live via YouTube.com/Billboard starting at 6pm PT/9pm ET. For more information, visit Billboard.com/women-in-music.