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Selena Gomez, Mary J. Blige & Solange Honored at Billboard’s Women in Music Gala 2017

By Teonny Spears / Published on Friday, 01 Dec 2017 12:54 PM / No Comments

Billboard celebrated their 10th Annual Women in Music event on Thursday night, November 30, 2017. The annual event was established to recognize “women in the music industry who have made significant contributions to the business and who, through their work and continued success, inspire generations of women to take on increasing responsibilities within the field.”

This year saw singers Kehlani, Kelly Clarkson and Camila Cabello among honorees with Selena Gomez earning the title of Woman of the Year, where she emotionally thanked her friends and family for sticking with her through all of her ups and downs:

Mary J. Blige accepted the Icon Award in honor of her 25-year music career. After an appreciative speech from Taraji P. Henson as well as a video tribute, Mary then accepted the award and states:

“When people look up to me, I want them to see my life and have it reflect theirs and understand that if I can make it through everything that I’ve made it through and still making it through, you can do it as well.”

The REAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR, however was Solange, whose third studio album, A Seat at the Table, boldly denounced racism and cultural appropriation and celebrated her Blackness. Solange accepted the Impact Award where she spoke about her legacy:

“When I think about the word impact, I can’t think of a more humbling way to articulate the mark that I would have liked to leave on the world with this work.”


About Teonny Spears

26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & introducing readers to new and rising talent. Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.