It’s been a crazy year for Ariana Grande. *Understatement of the decade.* The pop diva has had her fair share of ups and downs, but she’s come out on the other side stronger and more confident than ever. This has not gone unnoticed by anyone, specifically Billboard who has named Ariana as the 2018 Woman of the Year. This is a huge honor that has previously been awarded to music icons like Selena Gomez, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift.

Billboard’s VP of Content, Ross Scarano, gushed, “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. 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.”

I think everyone has been listening to Ariana’s most recent bop “Thank U, Next” on repeat, but the singer has found tons of success with all four of her albums. Most recently, Sweetener became the “largest streaming week ever for a pop album by a female artist upon its release,” according to Billboard.

Ariana may be in the spotlight for new albums and obsession-worthy relationships, but the singer has always taken a stand on issues she’s passionate about and has put forth huge philanthropic efforts. She helped organize and raise $23 million through One Love Manchester to benefit victims and their families after the horrific Manchester Arena bombing outside her concert. She’s advocated for mental health awareness, LGBTQ rights, and smarter gun control laws. Basically, there’s a lot more to Ariana Grande than a quickie engagement and high ponytails.

Ariana Grande performing at One Love Manchester benefit concert
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