Newly single Selena Gomez named 'Woman of the Year' by Billboard

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has had an interesting week.  First it was reported that she had broken up with boyfriend The Weeknd.  Then she was seen eating breakfast out with her ex Justin Bieber.  Now she has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

This announcement was made on Tues., Oct. 31 by John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group.

“Not only is Selena soaring on the charts, but she continuously inspires young women everywhere to be authentic, give back and to not be afraid to use their voice.” said Amato who also added, “She is never afraid to speak her mind and has used her platform to advocate for the needs of others.”

The 25-year-old's recent hits include “Bad Liar,” “Fetish,” “It Ain’t Me” and “Wolves.”

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Gomez also has produced the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and recently filmed a Woody Allen movie. She got her start when she was a little girl on Barney & Friends and rose to fame as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

She is also active in various charitable endeavors, including UNICF, World Kindness Day and the Lupus Research Alliance.

Gomez is in good company with her Woman of the Year honor.  Past winners include Pink, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Fergie, Katie Perry, Beyoncé and Madonna.

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According to Billboard the event is held in conjunction with their annual Women in Music Issue and also recognizes female executives in the music industry.  Other Women in Music honorees are expected to be announced soon.

Selena Gomez will will formally receive her award from Billboard Nov. 30 in Los Angeles.  The red carpet arrival will be broadcast live on Twitter.

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd
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Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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