Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara will be honored at this year’s Women in Music event with the “Rule Breaker” award. Cara will receive the designation, which celebrates a boundary-pushing female music star whose approach defies the conventional, at the New York City gala on December 9, before the event airs December 12 on Lifetime.
Cara first broke into the Top 40 world in late 2015 with her anxious, spellbinding crossover hit “Here,” which eventually peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 2016, and also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Pop Songs charts. The artist has scored three further top 40 hits on Pop Songs in 2016: “Wild Things” (No. 14, June), the Troye Sivan duet “Wild” (No. 30, Aug), and “Scars to Your Beautiful” (No. 7, Dec), the last of which just hit a new peak of No. 15 on the Hot 100.
Cara also graced the cover of Billboard Magazine’s Grammy Preview issue in October. The singer-songwriter appeared besides fellow breakout artists Maren Morris and Chance the Rapper, as representatives of the “Class of 2017.”
With the “Rule Breaker” award, Cara joins a star-studded list of 2016 Women in Music honorees, headlined by “Woman of the Year” recipient Madonna and “Icon” Shania Twain. Also to be awarded at the event are Halsey (“Rising Star”), Andra Day (“Powerhouse”), Meghan Trainor (“Chart Topper”), Maren Morris (“Breakthrough Artist”) and Kesha (“Trailblazer”). Day, Halsey, Morris and Trainor will also perform at the event.
Billboard Women in Music 2016 will air on Lifetime on Dec. 12.