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Billie Eilish Snags 2nd Huge Honor in as Many Days

Singer is named Billboard Woman of the Year
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2019 2:47 PM CST
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Billie Eilish poses in the press room with the award for new artist of the year and favorite alternative rock artist at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The day after she won two American Music Awards—including best new artist—another big honor for Billie Eilish: The singer was named Billboard's Woman of the Year for 2019. She'll officially receive the honor at Billboard's Women in Music event Dec. 12, per the Hollywood Reporter. That's less than a week before she turns 18, making her the youngest honoree ever. Eilish rocketed to stardom in August with "Bad Guy," and the hits continue: She was recently announced to be the first solo woman with four different songs on the Alternative top 10 chart simultaneously (the other three are "All the Good Girls Go to Hell," "Bury a Friend," and "You Should See Me in a Crown"). She's also the first artist born this century to have a No. 1 album—When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?—on the Billboard 200.

"Billie has disrupted the entertainment industry through her music and social media platforms, leaving an indelible impact on the global cultural zeitgeist," says Hannah Karp, Billboard’s Editorial Director. "Her ability to speak to the Gen Z population, making teens and young adults feel accepted in today’s society, has quickly allowed Eilish to grow to the top of the charts, breaking the mold for this generation with her electric hair color and sharp attitude." At the Dec. 12 event, she'll be joined by Taylor Swift, who will be on hand to accept her title as Billboard's inaugural Woman of the Decade (Swift was just named Artist of the Decade at the AMAs). Eilish also scored six Grammy nominations last week; those awards will be given out Jan. 26. (Read more Billie Eilish stories.)

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