Beyonce Knowles sprung into the spotlight in 1998 with R&B girl goup Destiny’s Child. Since then she’s established herself as a top selling solo artist, actress, overall performer and international crossover sensation, as well as humanitarian and philanthropist. She will be rewarded for her accomplishments and accept the Billboard award for the 2009 Woman of the Year.
The award is given to a female in the music industry who has “inspired the music business with her success, leadership and new ideas;” something Beyonce has done ten times over in the past year with the release of her third solo album, I Am…Sasha Fierce. The best selling album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, spawning hit singles like “If I Were A Boy,” “Single Ladies,” “Halo,” “Ego” and “Sweet Dreams.”
Beyonce’s I Am tour highlights her commitment to helping others – she worked with General Mills Hamburger Helper and Feed America to deliver 3.5 million meals to those in need. She also gave away 2,500 tickets to her show to families affected by the Detroit auto industry crisis.
Along with the many impressive achievements in Beyonce’s career, she has also done something no one else ever has: topped Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 10 weeks or more with a group and as a solo artist. She also successfully crossed over as an actress and earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for her role in the film Dreamgirls.
Beyonce has made herself an iconic figure of the 21st Century and won fans over with her willingness to help others. Former winners of this award include fellow R&B singer Ciara and country music star Reba McEntire. Next years recipient will have to be amazing to compete with the likes of these former winners.
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