Billboard honored 20 female executives and three artists at the third annual "Women in Music" breakfast, held this morning (Oct. 24) at the Hotel St. Regis in New York.

Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was presented with the Icon award, recognizing her long and storied career as a singer and actress. Harry told Billboard she is currently working on a new Blondie record and has plans to begin work on a memoir.

Ciara was given the "Woman of the Year" award, and told the audience that she will release a new record in 2009. She also spoke about her dance company and recent deal with Wilhemina Models. Ciara cited Janet Jackson as one of her role models.

Finally, singer-songwriter was given the "Rising Star" award, and told the audience the key to surviving as a young woman in the music industry was having the ability to compromise while remaining true to oneself. She also performed her hit, "Bubbly."

Now in its third year, Billboard's "Women In Music" breakfast honors the 20 most powerful women in the music business. The event celebrates the success of these industry leaders during the past year, as well as their overall career achievements.

The full list of female executives honored is:

01. Julie Greenwald, president of Atlantic Records
02. Judy McGrath, chairman/CEO of MTV Networks
03. Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records
04. Kathy Willard, executive VP/CFO of Live Nation
05. Jody Gerson, co-president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
06. Sue Peterson, senior buyer of Target Stores
07. Alison Wenham, chairman/CEO of AIM; president of Worldwide Independent Network; chairman of Assn. of Independent Festivals
08. Julie Swidler, executive VP of business affairs/general counsel of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
09. Lisa Ellis, executive VP of Sony Music Label Group
10. Alexandra Patsavas, owner of Chop Shop Music Supervision
11. Debra Lee, chairman/CEO of BET Networks
12. Kathy Nelson, president of film music of Universal Pictures
13. Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music of Sony Pictures
14. Marilyn Bergman, chairman/president of ASCAP
15. Amanda Marks, executive VP/GM of digital distribution of Universal Music Group Distribution
16. Jennifer Schaidler, executive VP of sales of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
17. Tammy Genovese, CEO of Country Music Assn.
18. Lynn Hazan-DeVaul, executive VP/GM of RED Distribution
19. Kate Ramos, senior VP of touring alliances of Live Nation
20. Andrea Ganis, executive VP of Atlantic Records

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