Billboard‘s Women in Music 2019 is just one day away streaming live at yt.be/music/BBWomenInMusic. With the annual event honoring the likes of Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Rosalía and Alanis Morissette on Thursday (Dec. 12) at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium, it’s time to meet your hosts for the big night.
Coming from the worlds of indie pop, radio, social media and more, this year’s hosts are a dynamic representation of girl power on all sides of the music industry. Led by Hayley Kiyoko — 2018’s Women in Music Rising Star — the foursome will be delivering all the inside scoop you need from this year’s honorees.
Learn more about the 2019 Women in Music hosts below.
Hayley Kiyoko — Main Show Host
After her LGBTQ anthem “Girls Like Girls” put her on the map in 2015, Kiyoko had her breakthrough in 2018 with the flirtatious pop banger “Curious,” exploding onto the scene as a new kind of pop star. Dubbed “Lesbian Jesus” by her passionate fans, the singer-songwriter proved you can be openly out and achieve pop success as a queer woman in the music industry, all while delivering hooky, irresistible bops like “Feelings,” “Sleepover” and the Kehlani-assisted “What I Need.” Honored with the Rising Star award at Billboard‘s Women in Music in 2018, Kiyoko returns to host this year’s main event on the eve of releasing the new song “runaway” on Friday from her upcoming project I’m Too Sensitive for This S–t, which is due in January.
Chelsea Briggs — Pre-Show Co-Host
As one of Billboard‘s original on-air correspondents, Chelsea Briggs breaks down the biggest stories of the day for Billboard News and dives into the new releases each Friday as one of the co-hosts of Billboard‘s First Stream Live podcast. Additionally, Briggs also spends her mornings as one of the co-hosts of the 97.1 AMP Radio morning show, interviewing stars from Liam Payne and Camila Cabello to Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. This will be Briggs’ fourth year hosting the Women in Music red carpet, which she’ll be doing alongside entertainer Lele Pons.
Lele Pons — Pre-Show Co-Host
Known for her massive YouTube following of more than 15 million subscribers, Lele Pons is one of the industry’s most well-known digital stars. A dancer and singer, the Venezualen/Italian artist has also delved into the world of music with the release of her debut Spanish-language single “Celoso” in 2018. Most recently, she unveiled her latest track “Vete Pa La,” and is set to co-host the Women in Music pre-show alongside Billboard correspondent Chelsea Briggs.
Danica Daniel — Backstage Co-Host
Billboard senior editor Danica Daniel will give fans a peek behind the curtain as Women in Music’s resident backstage host. Born in Brooklyn, Daniel began her writing career at Teen People at just 15 years old before becoming the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of Black Beat and Right On! magazines. Daniel is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and was named by her alma mater as one of their “25 to Watch” upon graduation.
Billboard’s Women in Music event will stream live from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Dec. 12 at yt.be/music/BBWomenInMusic starting at 9 p.m. ET.