Olivia Rodrigo will cap her breakthrough year by being named Billboard’s 2022 “Woman of the Year.” The honor was announced on Friday (February 4), along with details on general public tickets for the live Billboard Women in Music Awards, which will take place on March 2 at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California.
“Olivia’s trajectory to superstardom is the stuff of pop music legend,” said Hannah Karp, Billboard’s Editorial Director, in a statement. “Her talents as a storyteller and songwriter have made Olivia one of the most authentic and exciting new artists to explode onto the scene in years. Connecting with audiences across generations through emotionally charged songs about heartbreak, jealousy and growing up, she’s achieved absolutely incredible chart success for a debut artist. We are thrilled to celebrate her unique voice and the enormous impact she’s had on fans around the globe in such a short time.”
This year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards show will be hosted by 2009 Woman of the Year Ciara, who will oversee the annual celebration recognizing music’s rising and A-list stars, creators, producers and executives for their contributions to the music industry and community. The initial powerhouse lineup of acts who will perform and/or receive special honors at the live event include:
Gabby Barrett will perform and receive the Rising Star Award presented by Honda.
Phoebe Bridgers will perform and receive the Trailblazer Award.
Doja Cat will perform and receive the Powerhouse Award.
Golnar Khosrowshahi (Founder & CEO of Reservoir Media) will receive the Executive of the Year Award.
Karol G will perform and receive the Rule Breaker Award.
Bonnie Raitt will perform and receive the Icon Award.
Saweetie will perform and receive the Game Changer Award.
Summer Walker will perform and receive the Chartbreaker Award.
For the first time ever, tickets will be available to the public for the Women in Music Awards, with the general public invited to order theirs now here. To ensure the safety of all attendees and staff, Billboard will comply with all applicable COVID-19 federal, state and local laws for the 2022 Women in Music Awards. Previous Woman of the Year honorees include Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Additional performers, celebrity presenters and more will be announced soon.