Selena Gomez Named Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Following Kidney Transplant
“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,” John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, said in a statement to Billboard. “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.”
For 25-year-old Gomez, 2017 has been a professionally successful one. In addition to dropping four Hot 100 singles (“Bad Liar,” “Fetish,” “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo and“Wolves” with Marshmello), the multi-hyphenate also executive-produced the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
But the star also faced a health crisis this year. In September, she revealed she underwent a needed kidney transplantthis summer due to her battle with the autoimmune disease lupus; Gomez’s best friend, actressFrancia Raisa, donated one of her kidneys. And in recent years, Gomez has raised more than 0,000 for theLupus Research Alliance.
With her induction as a Billboard Woman of the Year, actress-singer joins an illustrious group of past honorees, including palTaylor Swift,Madonna,Lady Gaga,Pink,Katy Perry,FergieandBeyoncé.
Gomez’s Billboard news comes just one day after PEOPLE exclusively confirmed she and boyfriendthe Weekndhave split.
The singer and more notable women in music will be honoured by Billboard Nov. 30 in L.A.
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Selena Gomez Named Billboard’s Woman of the Year’ Following Kidney Transplant