Lady Gaga will be feted as Billboard's 2015 Woman of the Year, succeeding Taylor Swift, who appeared at last year's intimate event that also celebrated Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Charli XCX and Idina Menzel. More honorees for this year's Women in Music will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Lifetime has partnered with Billboard to televise the event. The female-focused cable network has inked a three-year deal with Billboard to televise the music brand's Women in Music event for the first time in its 10-year history. Don Mischer Productions, whose work includes multiple Billboard Music Awards, Oscars, Emmys (including the last two) and Super Bowl halftime shows, will produce the inaugural televised outing, to be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York and aired Dec. 18.
In addition to Gaga's new turn on FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, which premieres Oct. 7, the six-time Grammy-winning pop star and actress recently hit No. 1 on the real time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart with her video "Till It Happens to You," a track written for the college sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance in January and will air on CNN later this year. Gaga's last appearance on the chart was with the Tony Bennett duet "Anything Goes," which entered the top 10 on July 29. The two recently concluded a 36-show tour through North America and Europe in support of their 2014 album Cheek to Cheek. Gaga's solo follow-up, her fifth studio album, is expected to be released next year.