There’s no denying that women in entertainment are powerhouses to be recognized and honored. A recent report showed that in 2022, 30% of artists on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart were women, which was an improvement over 2021’s 23.3% and a significant increase since 2012.
Sponsored by Spotify and authored by Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the report, “Inclusion in the Recording Studio?,” provides an in-depth analysis of inclusion on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart. It examines the gender of artists, songwriters, and producers across 1,100 songs from 2012 to 2022 and how women worked across those roles. It also assessed every Grammy nominee receiving recognition in the categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Producer of the Year for the same time frame, as well as the inaugural Songwriter of the Year category.
This year alone has brought us some major moments where women in entertainment broke records. Let’s recognize five of this year’s most moments where women musicians were history-makers:
1. Beyoncé’s Grammy Wins
Beyoncé’s Renaissance success is undeniable, with a tour of seismic cultural impact and various awards. Most notably, the album earned her a 32nd Grammy, making her the most Grammy-awarded artist in history.
2. Rihanna’s Super Bowl Performance
Rihanna’s Super Bowl performance was a history-making moment two times over. In her chic red ensemble, suspended into the night sky, the singer and beauty mogul became the first billionaire to perform at the Super Bowl and the first pregnant woman to perform at the event.
3. Missy Elliott In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Missy Elliott is a music icon and made history this year after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is the first woman hip-hop artist to get such an honor.
4. Sza’s Sophomore R&B Album
While SZA’s career hasn’t been running as long as the aforementioned women, 2023 brought her some history-making moments. Her sophomore album “SOS” was the “longest-running No. 1 album in Billboard R&B Album chart history,” holding the spot for 41 weeks and breaking the record.
5. VMA’s Artist Of The Year
For the first time in the history of the Video Music Awards, all of the nominees for Artist of the Year were women. The nominees included Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Karol G and Shakira, with Taylor Swift taking home the award at the end of the night.