Billboard's Women in Music feature in our Power Players series recognizes the female executives who drive our business forward with vision, dedication and hard work.
For the third consecutive year, this list was compiled using a Web-based nomination system to make the process as open and inclusive as possible.
Earlier this fall, we invited readers worldwide to submit nominations on Billboard.biz. We promoted the nomination process in print, online and through e-mail. Female executives in every industry sector were eligible. Only individual nominations, not groups or teams, were considered.
This year, we received nominations for nearly 200 executives, more than twice the number we had in 2010. That prompted our decision to deepen this year's list to 40 positions.
A team of Billboard editors then reviewed the nominations, numerically ranking the nominees on their achievements in the past 12 months (with an emphasis on quantifiable success), their overall career achievements and their leadership in the broader industry. (A statistical tie results in 41 honorees and one shared slot on our list.)
Each year, some well-known executives move off this list by stepping down from their prominent roles in our industry or by deciding to not submit nominations for reconsideration. And each year the competition also gets keener, as new executives rise to prominence and vie for this honor. Nearly half of this year's honorees didn't appear on the 2010 list.
There's no question that numerous accomplished executives didn't make this list. But the selection of the honorees featured here represents the collective ranking and judgment of Billboard's editors.
As we've noted before, this list reads like a roster of the top people in the music business who happen to be women. The range of their achievements-at labels or publishing companies, in touring or TV, in digital or branding, and elsewhere-reflects the overall impact of all the women in our industry. We once again congratulate them as we present this year's Women in Music report.