Billboard has announced details for its 15th annual Women in Music event, taking place virtually on December 10. Multi-hyphenate R&B star Teyana Taylor will host the ceremony, which will honor a multi-generational collection of talent, including Jessie Reyez, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Lopez, and Cardi B.
Reyez, who released her widely-acclaimed debut album Before Love Came to Kill Us earlier this year, will receive the Impact Award. The honor, which was established in 2017, celebrates artists who use their platforms to inspire social change. Chloe x Halle, meanwhile, will take home the Rising Star Award, which has previously been bestowed upon the likes of Halsey, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga.
The coveted Woman of the Year award will go to Cardi B, who follows a long line of talented recipients, including Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Ariana Grande, and Billie Eilish. Dolly Parton will receive the Hitmaker Award, which, according to Billboard, “recognizes a songwriter whose compositions have significantly impacted culture.”
Other honorees include the best-selling pop artist Dua Lipa, and Jennifer Lopez, who will receive the esteemed Icon Award, celebrating her enduring impact on the music industry. Past recipients include Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, Cyndi Lauper, and Mary J. Blige.
Fans can catch the live-stream on Billboard’s website, beginning at 8:00 pm EST.
In related news, host Teyana Taylor was recently named Video Director of the Year at the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The artist’s work has been seen throughout the year in visuals for her third studio full-length, The Album. Highlights included her powerful video for “Still,” the cinematic “Bare Wit Me,” and the celebratory “Made It,” which incorporated footage from hundreds of graduating seniors.
Taylor was also featured on the cover of Billboard’s new R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue, alongside Summer Walker, Kehlani, and Jhené Aiko. Taylor spoke about the power of collaborating with her female peers. “Females collaborating is always dope – even more so when it’s genuine,” she said. “The world has pit women against each other for so long that they believe it…. We have to stop letting people get into our heads.”