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Lady Gaga to be honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year

Little monsters, rejoice. Billboard announced Tuesday that Lady Gaga will receive the Billboard Woman of the Year award at its annual Women in Music event, which is set to air on Lifetime in December.

Gaga succeeds Taylor Swift, who attended last year’s event that also celebrated Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Charli XCX, Aretha Franklin, Idina Menzel and Iggy Azalea, CNN reports. More of the women that will be honored at this year’s event will be revealed in the next few weeks.

Billboard reportedly chose Gaga for her unique contributions to the world of music, according to E!. Her six Grammy awards and other milestones in the music industry were major determinants in choosing her for the award.

The Applause singer shared her gratitude and joy via Twitter. “I can’t believe @billboard named me Woman of the year thank you so much. I am so so so so grateful. My gosh good morning,” she wrote.

Gaga joins an elite group of fellow honorees including Beyonce, Pink, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Lifetime’s executive vice president and head of programming, Liz Gateley, said the network is “thrilled” to have Gaga. “Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and fortitude that Lifetime celebrates, and we are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves,” Gateley said.

Lifetime and Billboard are teaming up this year to televise the intimate celebration. The network has signed a three-year deal with Billboard to televise the Women in Music event for the first time in 10 years.

“We’re delighted to partner with Billboard on this special event, bringing it to a mass audience for the first time ever,” Gateley said.

Don Mischer Productions will produce the event, which will be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York and will be aired on Dec. 18. The producers’ work spans from Super Bowl halftime shows to the Oscars, according to CNN.

In addition to being Billboard’s Woman of the Year, Gaga recently hit No.1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart with her emotional video Till It Happens To You, which addresses the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The track appeared in the documentary  The Hunting Ground at Sundance in January, which is set to air on CNN later this year.

The 29-year-old artist will also make her debut as an actress on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Hotel, which premieres Oct. 7.

Congrats, Gaga!

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Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com