Billboard Women in Music Trailblazer Honoree
Hayley Williams is photographed on Nov. 5, 2014 at Curo Management by David McClister.
“I’ve always been like, ‘I don’t want you to call Paramore a female-fronted band. I just want to be a band,’" Williams tells Billboard. "But I make the distinction now because I grew up not really placing much value on the strong women I was listening to.”
“I love Debbie Harry and Siouxsie S...
“I love Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux. I grew up listening to The Distillers, so Brody Dalle was a hero," says Williams. "Girl groups are really important to me, but the Shangri-Las especially. As far as more current acts: Joy Williams, Gwen [Stefani] and Beyoncé. I am always watching and trying to learn from them — they’re smart and calculated, but still free.”
On being the only female performer on...
On being the only female performer on her first Warped Tour in 2005: “It was very lonely...but I don’t think I understood it would be nice --and also motivating -- to see other girls out.”
“If young kids listening to the r...
“If young kids listening to the radio hear guitars and decide to pick up one — in five or 10 years, they’re the ones changing the world,” says Williams.