Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to receive the coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on December 2 in New York City.
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter is the youngest artist to to receive the award to date, and it comes at a busy time for the star. Taylor has recently earned several 2011 Billboard Music Awards, among them Top Country Album for the five-time platinum selling "Speak Now."
Swift has spent the past year on the Speak Now World Tour in support of her third album, which sold over a million copies in it's first week. Taylor wrote all 14 tracks on the album, and she made Hot 100 history by charting 11 songs off the album in a single week.
Taylor is also a dedicated and prolific philanthropist, having lent her time and efforts to raise money for causes ranging from clean water to literacy to disaster relief. She personally donated $1 million to charities in the past year alone.
Billboard's annual Women in Music Event, now in its sixth year, celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business, coinciding with the publication of Billboard's Women in Music Power Players list. This year's event will be taking place on Friday December 2 at Capitale in New York City. Last year's honor went to Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie.