Mar 3, 2022

All About The 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards

Billboard hosted the 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, with stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Ciara, Sheryl Crow and more.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 02: (L-R) Honoree Olivia Rodrigo accepts the 2022 Woman of the Year award from Sheryl Crow onstage during Billboard Women in Music 2022 at YouTube Theater on March 02, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Billboard)

This year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards were hosted by Ciara. The awards show featured performances and celebrated special honorees Bonnie Raitt, Doja Cat, Gabby Barrett, H.E.R., Karol G, Phoebe Bridgers, Saweetie and Summer Walker. Ciara opened up the event with a moment of silence for Ukraine. Of the developing situation she said “Before we begin this celebration, we want to take this moment of silence to send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Ukraine, especially women and girls, and hope for a peaceful resolution.”

In a very touching moment, Saweetie was presented with the Game Changer Award by her mother, Trinidad Valentin. Another highlight from the evening was legendary songwriter Jimmy Jam presenting the American Express Impact Award to H.E.Rfor using her music and platform to create positive social change in communities while empowering and inspiring women both in, and beyond, the music industry.  Of course the highly awaited moment of the night, the highly coveted Billboard Woman of the Year Award was presented to Olivia Rodrigo by Sheryl Crow. Olivia Rodrigo closed out the evening with an inspirational message for any young aspiring songwriters. In her acceptance speech, she said “I wanna say to all the young girls out there who are writing songs every day, in their journals, on their bedroom floors — I am constantly moved by your vulnerability and your creativity and bravery.” She upheld this sentiment, noting “I promise everyone here today is working to make this world and this industry a better place for you.”