Lady Gaga has been named Billboard magazine's 2015 Woman of the Year and will receive the honor during the first-ever broadcast of the awards on Lifetime in December.
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, succeeds last year's winner Taylor Swift. The entertainer, who will be showing off her acting chops on FX's "American Horror Story: Hotel" next week, expressed her happiness about the Woman of the Year honor on Twitter Tuesday.
"Billboard's Woman of the Year has always represented the finest in music, and the anointing of a key influential figure who drove the conversation for that year," Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's entertainment group, which owns Billboard, said in a statement.
"No one embodies that more than Lady Gaga in 2015," Min continued. "From her show-stopping performance at the Oscar, to her co-headlining tour, to her philanthropic outreach and foundation promoting youth wellbeing and empowerment, to her new role as TV star, there is no woman dominating popular culture tastes and its evolution as much as she is today. What a force."
Lady Gaga earned a Grammy award for her collaborative jazz album "Cheek to Cheek" with Tony Bennett and she recently released a video for the song "Til It Happens to You," for the upcoming documentary "The Hunting Grounds," according to Entertainment Weekly.
Billboard's "Women in Music" event will be televised Dec. 18 on Lifetime.
"We're delighted to partner with Billboard on this special event, bringing it to a mass audience for the first time ever," Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programming at Lifetime, told Billboard. "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."
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