There is a reason why Madonna is the undisputed Queen of Pop, and that is maintaining her relevance over the years.
She will be officially honored at the 11th Annual Women in Music event, which will be held on December 9th in New York City. Lifetime will be airing the ceremony as a special on December 12th.
“Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Chief Creative Officer and President of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, Janice Min. “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 to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”
2016 has been a landmark year for the Material Girl, as her Rebel Heart Tour sold more than a million tickets and grossed over 170 million dollars. So far, all of her concerts have grossed an astounding 1.31 billion dollars, which makes her the highest grossing music act in Billboard Boxscore history since it started tabulating tour records in 1990. Imagine all the diamonds she can get with that amount!
She is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time and the fourth overall, just behind The Beatles, and the late Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. She is estimated to have sold 275-300 million copies of her albums and singles. That would be 100 million more than closest female rival, Rihanna, who is estimated to have sold over 200 million.
Madonna, however, is not just being honored for her staggering achievements. She is also being lauded for her philanthropy. Her Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility. Located in Malawi, it'll be the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in the area. Madonna named the hospital after her daughter, Mercy James, who she adopted from the African nation.