Sarah Geronimo makes history at Billboard’s Women in Music

Sarah Geronimo is set to be the first Philippine-born performer to receive the Global Force Award given out as part of the annual Billboard Women in Music Awards held in Los Angeles, California. The announcement was posted 24 February (Philippine time) on Billboard’s social media pages.

In an article published by Billboard Philippines, Geronimo is described as “an artist that has carved out a place in the industry that’s distinctly hers and continuously blazed a trail for young women and aspiring artists.”

It also noted that “from top-selling concerts to chart-topping hits, she’s undoubtedly a commanding force in Filipino music.”

Aside from Geronimo, the other awardees for the Global Force Award are Luisa Sonza from Brazil and Annalisa from Italy.

This is the first time the Global Force Award becomes part of the awarding ceremony.

Other awardees

Colombian singer Karol G will be honored with the Woman of the Year award. She earlier won Best Música Urbana Album at the 2024 Grammys for Mañana Será Bonito.

British pop singer Charli XCX is set to receive the Powerhouse Award. This is given to the artist who dominates the charts on sales and streaming.

Australian multi-awarded singer and performer Kylie Minogue will be bestowed upon the Icon Award for her hugely successful contribution to the music industry.

Popular Korean girl group NewJeans will be presented with the Group of the Year award.

The awarding ceremony will take place on 6 March in Los Angeles, while the show can be streamed online the next day, 7 March, on Billboard’s site.