Selena Gomez worried people didn't view her as an artist -- just a tabloid sensation.
But that's all changed. Gomez's recent Revival record topped the charts at No. 1 with 117K units (85,000 were pure album sales), and she'll be recognized for it. Gomez will receive the honor for making waves in music at Billboard's Women In Music 2015 event on Dec. 11 in NYC.
The prestigious award was handed out to Iggy Azalea last year.
“In the last few months, Selena has broken onto the scene as an adult, and come into her own as an artist with the success of Revival,” says Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Billboard's parent company. “We want to highlight this moment for a woman who has become a role model for many, a feminist, an independent voice whose new album truly showcases her as a mature artist.”
Good for her!