Paramore’s Hayley Williams will be honoured for her contribution to the music industry with the first ever Trailblazer Award at this year’s ninth annual Billboard Women In Music Awards.
The Trailblazer Award has been created to recognise a standout female artist who defies convention to make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent.
Ever since Paramore burst onto the mainstream music scene with 2007’s Riot, lead singer Hayley Williams has captivated the nation with her distinctive brand of pop punk, she is clearly a worthy winner on this merit alone.
However Hayley has not only had both commercial and critical success with Paramore but has also evolved into a solo artist contributing on 2010’s “Airplanes” with B.O.B and Zedd’s “Stay The Night” which stormed the charts earlier this year.
The 25 year old who was buzzing after hearing the news said:
“I can remember a time when I would’ve been made fun of for doing things differently. Now I’m getting an award for it? This is too much. I’m so excited.
“There are women in this industry who totally bulldozed walls down for the likes of me to come along and do what I believe in. I want to be that for even one girl in the future. I can’t wait for the event next month and to high-five some of my sisters in music.”
Other recipients at the event will include Ariana Grande for Rising Star and recognising Taylor’s recent chart smash across the pond, Taylor Swift will be honoured with Woman of the Year.
The Billboard Women In Music Awards will take place in NYC on December 12.