LONDON: Taylor Swift will be the first recipient of the Woman of the Decade award at the Billboard’s Women in Music 2019 event. The Lover singer is being given the honour by Billboard in recognition of her illustrious professional career and commitment to social issues.
According to a statement by Billboard, Taylor is “deemed one of the most accomplished musical artistes of all time over the course of the 2010s.” It continues, “Swift has landed countless professional achievements, including five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 this decade, five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, three worldwide stadium tours and two Billboard Woman of the Year Awards.
The singer-songwriter is also being honoured for her commitment to protecting creative rights, music education, literacy programmes, cancer research, disaster relief and the Time’s Up initiative.” In a career spanning 12 years, the singer has had six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which include Fearless, 1989, Red, Speak Now, Reputation and Lover. The singer-songwriter has garnered five No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with the following songs: Shake It Off, Blank Space, Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Look What You Made Me Do. She currently holds the record for the highest selling US tour in history and is the only female artiste to be awarded the Billboard Woman of the Year Award twice.