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Lady Gaga named Billboard's Woman of the Year

The Women in Music event will be televised for the first time mid December.

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Marilyn Malara
Lady Gaga arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 20, 2015. The recording artist has been named this year's Billboard Woman of the Year. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Lady Gaga arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 20, 2015. The recording artist has been named this year's Billboard Woman of the Year. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Musician, actress and visual artist Lady Gaga will be presented with Billboard's 2015 Woman of the Year award in December for her stamina in the entertainment industry.

Announced Wednesday, the award celebrates outstanding female artists for their work and positive influence over social issues. Gaga -- or Stefani Germanotta -- joins the ranks of previous Women of the Year including Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry and Beyonce.

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This year's Women in Music ceremony will be the first to be televised in its 10 year history. Lifetime network has reportedly partnered with Billboard to broadcast the event Dec. 18, a week after it is held on Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York.

Gaga released a brief statement of thanks to Billboard Wednesday after hearing she is this year's honoree. "I can't believe @billboard named me Woman of the year thank you so much," she wrote on Twitter. "I am so so so so grateful. My gosh good morning!"

This year the Grammy award-winning star worked on several high-profile projects including her new role in FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. Her short film for "Till It Happens To You," recently reached No. 1 on Billboard's trending charts and was written for a Sundance documentary covering sexual assault. Gaga recently wrapped up a North American and European tour to support her album Cheek to Cheek and recently made Billboard's charts for her duet with Tony Bennet called "Anything Goes."

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"Lady Gaga is an extraordinary artist, emblematic of the strength, courage and fortitude that Lifetime celebrates," said the network's executive Vice President, Liz Gateley. "We are thrilled to offer our platform to recognize her in every way she deserves."

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