Grammy award-winning country and pop singing star Shania Twain will receive the 2016 Women in Music `Icon’ award during Billboard’s 11th annual Women in Music event unfolding on December 9 in New York City.
The award is a special recognition for an artist whose historic contributions to the music industry place them among the highest class of performers. Twain’s successful crossover from country music to pop set the stage for other talented country singers that include Taylor Swift.
During the 11th Women in Music event, Madonna will likewise be honored with Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year award. The best-selling female recording artist of all time has shattered every career record and has also served as voice for vital issues like women, sexuality and equal rights. Madonna has made headline news for encouragjng her followers to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Twain, an all-time favorite country female singer adjudged by numerous award-giving bodies, tweeted her thanks to another body, the CMT Music Awards, for honoring her with the Artist of a Lifetime award this year.
She ranks high among the top-selling women in music history. Shania Twain had the sixth biggest-selling album in the US of all time, Come On Over, and she racked up multi-platinum album sales in over 30 countries.
Twain revealed in her memoir, From This Moment On, that being on “survivor mode” from her younger years and way into her adult years, until the ascent of her music career and beyond, has immensely helped her.
The You’re Still the One singer had major challenges, like when she suffered from a condition called dysphonia, characterized by the muscles in the throat squeezing the voice box. Twain attributed the condition to the fears she had as a child exposed to domestic violence, death in the family, and her lengthy battle with stage fright.
To date, Shania Twain has bounced back from her troubled past that included betrayal and divorce, and basks in the glory of her accomplishments together with other noteworthy women in music.
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