Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Missy Elliott, More Celebrated during Billboard’s Women in Music

Lady Gaga’s earnest, romantic appearance at Billboard‘s annual Women in Music eventuality on Friday (Dec. 11) laid plain for everybody in attendance why a announcement named a outspoken artist and romantic a 2015 Woman of a Year. The thespian was introduced by her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, before attack a theatre dressed in an all-red pantsuit, corroborated by a tiny string ensemble to perform a absolute chronicle of her latest tune, “Til It Happens To You,” on piano. The song, about passionate assault, showcased her gifts as an artist, as good as her friendship to issues of significance to her.

In her acceptance speech, Gaga remarkable how formidable being a lady in a song attention can be. “It’s really hard infrequently for women in music. It’s like a f—ing boys bar that we only can’t get into. … Women yield a knowledge to song that is very singular and special. It is a viewpoint no one else can have since we bear life. And since we go by things no one else goes through. And since it’s right. Because we’re all equal.”

She finished her remarks with a shout-out to a people via her life who told her success wouldn’t occur for her. “I couldn’t wait to infer we wrong,” she pronounced to cheers. “Because we might not be a lot of things, though we can write songs, and we can sing.”

The event, that will be televised on Lifetime during 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 18., also respected Selena Gomez, Kelsea Ballerini, Fifth Harmony, Loretta Lynn, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Missy Elliott, Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato and Lana Del Rey, giving any a impulse on theatre to speak movingly about a women who enthuse them — from moms to attention executives who have upheld and believed in them by their careers.

Several of a honorees also performed. Fifth Harmony ran by a miscellany that included their possess hit “Worth It” as good as inspired covers of lady group’s past, like Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Woman.” Gomez showed her softer side with a nude down chronicle of her latest strike “Same Old Love”; Howard gave a transparent proof because she severely deserved her Powerhouse respect with “Joe”; and Lovato brought a residence down with a opening of her Confident ballad “Stone Cold.” And Elliott fought by tears (and brought on tears of everybody watching) while deliberating her 20+ years in a song industry.

A full list of honorees is below:

Lady Gaga, Woman of a Year

Selena Gomez, Chart-Topper

Kelsea Ballerini, Rising Star

Fifth Harmony, Group of a Year

Loretta Lynn, Legend

Brittany Howard, Powerhouse

Missy Elliott, Innovator

Tori Kelly, Breakthrough

Demi Lovato, Rulebreaker

Lana Del Rey, Trailblazer

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