On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, Billboard announced that the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer has been named its Woman of the Year for 2018. She’s set to receive the major honor at the upcoming Women in Music Dinner and Awards Gala next month.
Grande has since taken to Twitter to react to the exciting news, simply writing alongside a heart emoji, “Thank u for this honor @billboard.”
Meanwhile, as Billboard‘s Vice President of Content, Ross Scarano, released in a statement, “Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry. Certain in her convictions, she consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women.”
Scarano added, “She’s got guts, she’s making some of the best music of her career, and she’s absolutely deserving of Woman of the Year.”
There’s no denying that Grande, who will join an impressive list of past honorees, including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Taylor Swift, and last year’s recipient, Selena Gomez, has had a huge year. Following the success of her fourth studio album, Sweetener, which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in August, the “God Is a Woman” hitmaker is already moving on to the next chapter in her life and career.
As Nicki Swift previously reported, Grande, 25, recently released her latest single, “Thank U, Next,” this past weekend. The track famously referenced a number of her exes, including the late rapper Mac Miller and her ex-fiancé, comedian Pete Davidson, while expressing gratitude for the lessons learned from each relationship. As the singer explained in a series of tweets on Saturday, Nov. 3, her upcoming album of the same name is due out by the end of the year, writing that it’ll be all about, “No drags…. no shade….. jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness … and growth.”
Billboard‘s annual Women in Music event will air live from New York City on Twitter at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.