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Madonna named Billboard's Woman of the Year

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Madonna will be adding another plaudit to her already stellar career.

The Bay City-born, Rochester-raised pop icon has been named Billboard magazine's Woman of the Year for 2016 and will be honored at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music conference on Dec. 9 in New York City. This follows her successful Rebel Heart Tour -- which grossed more than $170 million from more than a million tickets sold -- and her performance with Stevie Wonder earlier this year to honor Prince at the Billboard Music Awards.

In a statement, Billboard chief Janice Min said that, "Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. With her creative vision, relentless innovation and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there.

"She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who's used her influence ot change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights."

During a career that's included eight No. 1 -- and 21 Top 10 albums -- Madonna has won seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She's sold more than 300 million records worldwide, making her the top-selling female recording artist of all time according to Guinness World Records.

Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, she graduated from Rochester Adams High School and attended the University of Michigan for one year before moving to New York to start her career. Her daughter, Lourdes, is currently attending U-M.

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