The short film includes interviews with Tori Kelly and Michelle Obama about the evolving influence of women in the music industry.
Today (Dec. 9), Billboard is holding its annual Women in Music gala in New York, honoring some of the most talented, influential and successful women in the music industry. Before the event, Billboard has partnered with American Express to present "Women in Music: Inspiring a Generation," a short film that spotlights the importance of women in all levels of the industry, whether on stage or behind the scenes.
In the eight-minute video, such luminaries as Billboard Executive of the Year honoree Bozoma Saint John, breakout singer-songwriter Tori Kelly and even First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama weigh in on the increased empowerment of females in music. "Women have been rising to the top of just about every industry in this country," explains Obama. "And that’s particularly true of the music industry.”
The First Lady also discusses how women in music helped create the soundtrack for Let Girls Learn, the organization she founded with President Obama to empower young women. "The President and I launched Let Girls Learn in March 2015 to help girls worldwide get the opportunities they deserve to go to school," she says in the video. "The song 'This Is for My Girls' supports Lets Girl Learn, and it serves as an anthem to rally women around the world to -- and I quote -- 'Stand up, put your head up, don't take nothing from nobody.'''