By Brian Ives
Paramore‘s Hayley Williams will be the recipient of the first-ever Billboard Trailblazer Award at this year’s ninth annual Billboard Women in Music Awards, which will take place on Dec. 12 in New York City.
According to Billboard, the Trailblazer Award “honors a standout female artist who breaks from convention to make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent.”
“I can remember a time when I would’ve been made fun of for doing things differently,” Williams said of the award. “Now I’m getting an award for it? This is too much. I’m so excited! There are women in this industry who totally bulldozed walls down for the likes of me to come along and do what I believe in. I want to be that for even one girl in the future. I can’t wait for the event next month and to high-five some of my sisters in music.”