Taylor Swift Once Again Comes Out On Top of Billboard’s Woman in Music 2014

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It’s that time of year folks; award season is definitely in swing. We’ve had the American Music Awards, the European Music Awards and the Grammy Nominations; and now Billboard has released the details of Billboard Women in Music honourees.

As well as the eight honourees, Billboard has been showcasing other women in music, including producers and executives. However, the top spot of Woman of the Year goes for the second time to singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, and deservedly so.

Not only has Swift’s latest album, 1989, broken records all over the world and produced possibly the catchiest song ever (“Shake It Off”), but she’s knocked our view of her sideways. She took on the might of Spotify and still managed to enchant her fans with her social media finesse. Swift even invited fans to be in the “Shake It Off” video, and happily danced around with them. How many stars, male or female, would do that nowadays?

Janice Min, co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group (which includes Billboard) said of Swift: “As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts… over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 – the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honouring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.”

The other seven honourees include Aretha Franklin as “Icon,” Charli XCX as “Hitmaker” and Ariana Grande as “Rising Star.”

Idina Menzel, who has been in the singing business for almost 20 years, may seem an odd choice for “Breakthrough Artist,” but it’s all down to Disney. Speaking to Billboard, Menzel said, “I worked my whole life to have a crossover song. Finally I turned 40, had a kid, and stopped giving a f–k, and all of a sudden I have this song that’s in a Disney film.” Well, with all the Disney mania around at the moment, that is definitely a boost.

I have no disagreements with Jessie J being the “Powerhouse,” the Briton has one of the best voices around today and doesn’t so much “sing” a song as grab it with both hands and squeeze the ever-loving bejeezus out of it. She has had incredible success in 2014 and I cannot wait to see what she does next year.

As for Iggy Azalea, as everyone I know had “Fancy” stuck in their head for most of the summer I’m not surprised to see her name on the list.

The full list of honourees is below:

Iggy Azalea – Chart-Topper

Aretha Franklin – Icon

Ariana Grande – Rising Star

Jessie J – Powerhouse

Idina Menzel – Breakthrough Artist

Taylor Swift – Woman of the Year

Hayley Williams – Trailblazer

Charli XCX – Hitmaker

The ninth Annual Billboard Women in Music Awards will be held in New York City on December 12.

Sara Hunter Smith