Looking Back At Past Woman Of The Year Honorees: Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & More | Billboard News

Billboard takes a look back at the past Women Of The Year honorees at Billboard Women In Music event.

Katy Perry:
I like to be viewed as a strong woman and I think that’s what Billboard is basically saying.

Tetris Kelly:
Every year, Women in Music honor some of the best to ever do it and none more important than our Woman of the Year. Today we’re discussing a few of them, including the youngest to ever win. The girl power has never been stronger.

Katy Perry:
I was also a bit surprised because I thought my year was over.

Tetris Kelly:
2012 was the year Katy Perry wrapped up her California Dream Tour earned her seventh No. 1 song on the Hot 100 and took home Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Katy Perry:
I don’t really like to call myself a role model for my fans, but I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women.

Tetris Kelly:
In 2015, Lady Gaga ventured into jazz, acting and became Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Lady Gaga:
What I really want to say is that it is really hard sometimes for women in music. It’s like a f–king boys club that we just can’t get into.

Tetris Kelly:
Giving an inspiring speech with a bit of humor.

Lady Gaga:
Sorry, Grandma.

Tetris Kelly:
But ultimately, keeping it real.

Lady Gaga:
I might not be a lot of things but I can write songs and I can sing.

Tetris Kelly:
Four years later, Billy Eilish took home the honor, the same year she released her debut album.

Billie Eilish:
It’s really weird to be a Woman of the Year at 17.

Tetris Kelly:
Billie became the youngest artist to be named Woman of the Year

Billie Eilish:
Women who in the past have like, done what they weren’t supposed to do, has made my life a lot easier and made me able to do what I want and be what I want.

Tetris Kelly:
What will happen this year when we honor Karol G? Tune into Women in Music March 7 at 5pm PT on BillboardWomenInMusic.com

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