“By combining artistic fearlessness with unbounded creative energy, Kesha has continually pushed the limits of what was once thought possible in pop music,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “She’s a force on stage, an inspiration in person and a true Trailblazer for millions of music fans around the world.”
Kesha’s debut single “Tik Tok” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks in 2010 and still claims the fifth-best digital sales week ever with more than 610,000 units sold of the single. Her first album, Animal, topped the Billboard 200 that same year and her follow-up, Warrior, hit No. 6 in 2012.
Over her career, Kesha has had nine top 10 tracks on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, with four No. 1s in the bunch: “Tik Tok,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “Die Young” and “Timber” (Pitbull feat. Kesha). Her work has received 885.7 million on-demand U.S. streams across audio and video platforms to date and her songs have sold 32.1 million digital downloads in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.
Over the past few years, Kesha has been in the spotlight for a highly publicized lawsuit against longtime producer Dr. Luke alleging sexual assault, battery and more.
Billboard previously announced that Madonna will be named this year’s Woman of the Year. Shania Twain will receive the Icon award, Halsey will receive the Rising Star award, Andra Day will receive the Powerhouse award, Meghan Trainor will receive the Chart Topper award and Maren Morris will receive the Breakthrough Artist award.
Day, Halsey, Morris and Trainor are all performing at the Women In Music event.