Billboard Women In Music Expands to Canada in 2024

Billboard Canada is recognizing the trailblazing women making waves in the Canadian music industry.

With Billboard broadening its reach in Canada, its esteemed Billboard Women In Music event is coming north. This initiative celebrates and acknowledges the contributions of women and gender-diverse individuals in the music industry, fostering inspiration across generations. In 2024, this accolade will be introduced to Canada, featuring a highly anticipated celebration event in June.

As Women’s History Month gets underway, nominations will open on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 – which will live on as an exciting day for Canadian women in music.

Awards are open to trailblazing women and gender-diverse members of the Canadian music industry in a variety of fields, from management to publishing, rights orgs to live music.

Billboard’s Women In Music recognizes women inspiring change both behind-the-scenes and onstage, with major artists gracing the ceremony’s stages over the years.

Billboard Canada will choose a Woman of the Year for 2024, a recording artist who has exemplified leadership and social progress in the changing music business.

Other categories include the Rising Star award, the Impact award (won in 2020 by Brampton’s Jessie Reyez) and Producer of the Year, among others. The Icon award, given to an artist who has made historic contributions to the industry and artistry, has been given to two major Canadian artists: Shania Twain in 2016 and Alanis Morissette in 2019.

Major industry figures will also be in the spotlight. Canadian executive Golnar Khosrowshahi, the founder and CEO of Reservoir Media, one of the biggest independent music companies in the world, is an Executive of the Year hall of famer, and this year offered this piece of advice: “Pivot to a path that allows for growth equally across your professional and personal lives. You should not have to compromise, but rather be empowered to find the route that allows for the multitudes present in you.”

Billboard’s Women of the Year is peer-nominated, with final selections made by the staff at Billboard Canada. Nominations are now open at this link.