Billboard just announced that Selena Gomez is Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year. She will be presented with the award at Billboard Women in Music Awards which will be held in LA on November 30.
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) October 31, 2017
John Amato who is the president of the Hollywood Reporter – Billboard Media Group said that Selena was chosen to receive the award because she always manages to inspire young women throughout the world to be as authentic as possible and to not be afraid to raise their voice.
‘Not only is Selena soaring on the charts, but she continuously inspires young women everywhere to be authentic, give back and to not be afraid to use their voice,’ he said.
‘She is never afraid to speak her mind and has used her platform to advocate for the needs of others. We are thrilled to be able to honor her as our Woman of the Year.’
Selena showed her gratitude on Twitter on October 31.
‘Thank you @billboard!’ she tweeted. She also received a lot of congratulatory messages from her fans.
Selena will join a vast group of the previous Woman of the Year honorees, including Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Beyonce Knowles and last year’s winner, Madonna, who delivered a moving speech about feminism and sexism.
Before all this, Selena and her BFF Francia Raisa spoke out about the kidney transplant that she got in an interview for Today show.
‘My kidneys were just done. That was it,’ she said. ‘I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life, and that was the day, when I came home, I found she volunteered and did it.’
Selena also added that what she went through with her best friend wasn’t easy. ‘I just hope that this inspires people to feel good that there are really good people in the world,’ she confessed with tears in her eyes. Congratulations, Selena, for everything that you are doing and for inspiring others!