Madonna Woman of The Year (Full Speech | Billboard Women in Music 2016)

One of my all time fave artists, Madonna,  was honored as Woman of the Year last Dec. 9th at the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event. She is the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time in 2016 (her most recent tour raked in $170 million)

After I heard her speech, I felt compelled to share what she has to say as it was very empowering and inspiring to women and enlightening and insightful for both men and women. What struck me the most in her speech was her very sincere gratitude. Not only to her fans, her colleagues, but to God. Yes, she mentioned “God” in her speech. She says that “I am not the owner of my talents. I am not the owner of anything. Everything that I have is a gift from God“. (Listen more @ 2:40 – 3:00)

Here’s an excerpt of Madonna‘s heartrending, emotional, and brutally honest speech at the  Billboard Women in Music 2016 that touched on feminism, sexism, ageism, and misogyny in the music industry.“What I would like to say to all women here today is this: Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men have to say about them. They believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they’re men — because they’re worthy. As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by…” — Madonna



“My real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules — if you’re a boy. There are rules if you’re a girl. If you’re a girl, you have to play the game. You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and definitely not played on the radio.” — Madonna (@


With 7 Grammy awards in her name,.Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.The Guinness World Records acknowledged her as the best-selling female recording artist and  4th best-selling act of all time, behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson. Billboard named Madonna as the top touring female artist of all time.She is also the highest grossing solo touring artist, with over $1.31 billion in concert gross. Madonna also holds the record for the most #1’s on all combined Billboard charts, including 12  “#1 songs” on the Billboard Hot 100 and 8 “#1  albums” on the Billboard 200.

In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked her at #2, behind The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart. In 2016, the magazine listed her as the #1 Dance Club Songs artist, the ranking being decided by each song’s performance and trajectory on the chart. Madonna has burned up Dance Club Songs for 34 years and counting.






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