Selena Gomez’s streak of No. 1s has earned her special praise. The pop singer and actress will receive the Chart Topper award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event, which will take place Dec. 11 in New York.
The prestigious award recognizes major career milestones on Billboard’s music charts, and was won last year by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
Gomez has been in rare chart form. Her latest album, Revival, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October with 117,000 equivalent first-week album units. It’s Gomez’s second U.S. No. 1 album following 2013’s Stars Dance, and to date she has enjoyed nearly 6.7 million worldwide album sales and over 22 million single sales.
The first single lifted from Revival, “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky, is Gomez’s fastest-ever platinum seller and highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 5. “Good For You” spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 at Top 40 radio.
“In the last few months, Selena has broken onto the scene as an adult, and come into her own as an artist with the success of Revival,” comments Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “We want to highlight this moment for a woman who has become a role model for many, a feminist, an independent voice whose new album truly showcases her as a mature artist.”
As previously announced, Lady Gaga will be honored as the 2015 Woman of the Year, succeeding last year’s recipient Taylor Swift. Gaga is to be feted for her industry leadership, artistry, philanthropy, innovative contribution to music and inspiration to millions. Billboard will announce additional celebrities and performers in the coming weeks.
Lifetime has partnered with Billboard to televise the event for the first time on Dec. 18.
Don Mischer Productions, whose work includes multiple Billboard Music Awards, Oscars, Emmys (including the last two) and Super Bowl Halftime Shows, will produce the televised outing, to be held at Cipriani Midtown in New York.