Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year
“Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. “She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.” Past recipients of the award include Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry, and Beyoncé. The award tops a big year for Madonna as she was named the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with $1.31 billion in total concert grosses. She also wrapped her Rebel Heart Tour in March, which earned $170 million. The 58-year-old is also helping to build the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in Malawi, Africa. The unit, which will reportedly open next year, will consist of three operating rooms, a 50-bed ward and a playroom, and will be named after her daughter Mercy, who she adopted from the nation in 2009. The pop icon, who also adopted son David from Malawi, visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in July to oversee the construction of the new children’s wing she is helping to fund with the help of her Raising Malawi Foundation, which she created in 2006.