Olivia Rodrigo Named Woman of the Year by Billboard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo needed just one album to earn her Billboard’s 2022 Woman of the Year title, putting her in the same company as Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

The former teen actor-turned-popstar will be honored as 2022 Woman of the Year at the Billboard Women in Music Awards on March 2. Previous winners also include Cardi B, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande.

Rodrigo became the biggest star of 2021 with her faith-based debut album, breaking chart records and racking up awards and nominations. Rodrigo’s exploration of heartache, jealousy and insecurity on “SOUR” broke streaming records and led all 11 tracks to land in the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making she the first female artist to achieve the feat.

“Olivia’s trajectory to stardom is the makings of a pop music legend,” Hannah Karp, Billboard’s editorial director, said in a statement. “Her storytelling and songwriting skills have made Olivia one of the most authentic and exciting new artists to explode onto the scene in years.”

Other winners of the Billboard Women in Music Awards include Gabby Barrett, Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Karol G, Bonnie Raitt, Saweetie and Summer Walker.

The awards show will take place at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, hosted by Ciara. Fans will be able to purchase tickets this year for the first time at billboardwomeninmusic.com.


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