Billboard announced earlier today with excitement they are set to honor singer/songwriter Alessia Cara at this year’s Women in Music event with the “Rule Breaker” award. Cara, will receive the designation, which celebrates a boundary-pushing female music star whose approach defies the conventional at the New York City Gala on Dec. 9th. Which is before the event is set to air on Dec. 12th on Lifetime.
Cara defied the conventional of music as a boundary-pushing female star from the very beginning of her career with her very first single, Here. Which besides being an anxious, spellbinding crossover hit that broke her into the Top 40 world in late 2015 and eventually peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in Feb. of 2016, is also a record that is about being non-social and not wanting to be a part of the popular in-crowd. Here also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Pop Songs charts. The Canadian singer/songwriter has continued to defy the conventions of music throughout her short career thus far with three further top 40 hits on Pop Songs in 2016: Wild Things, which reached No. 14 in June, the Troye Sivan duet Wild, which reached No. 30 in August and her latest, Scars To Your Beautiful, which hit No. 7 in December and just recently hit a new peak of No. 15 on the Hot 100.
The 20-year-old star not only has had several chart achievements, but also graced the cover of Billboard Magazine’s Grammy Preview issue this past October. The singer/songwriter appearing besides fellow breakout artists Maren Morris and Chance the Rapper, as representatives of the “Class of 2017.” Not to mention she has also been featured and/or nominated as a part of some of the biggest awards shows, such as 2016’s Nickelodeon HALO Awards, the 2016 AMA’s as a “New Artist of the Year” nominee, as well as being featured on such specials as Disney’s “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and on the soundtrack for Disney’s latest highly anticipated and just released to high praise new animated film, Moana.
That isn’t everything too and just the surface that shows why Cara is very deserving of the “Rule Breaker” award. Joining a star-studded list of 2016 Women in Music honorees, which is headlined by Madonna as the “Woman of the Year” and Shania Twain as the “Icon.”