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Billboard has been criticised for making Selena Gomez their Woman Of The Year for 2017

Commenters think other artists deserved it more.

Billboard have named singer Selena Gomez as their Woman of The Year for 2017.

The honor has previously been bestowed on some of the most influential women in music, including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Pink, and Fergie.

“Not only is Selena soaring on the charts, but she continuously inspires young women everywhere to be authentic, give back and to not be afraid to use their voice,” said John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group in a statement to Billboard.

She is never afraid to speak her mind and has used her platform to advocate for the needs of others. We are thrilled to be able to honor her as our Woman of the Year.”

However, some have found the selection a little puzzling.

Undoubtedly, 2017 hasn’t been a bad year for Selena. She acted as executive-producer on Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why, served as an ambassador to UNICEF, and raised money for the Lupus Research Alliance.

As a singer, however, it could be argued that she’s struck out on her most recent hits. ‘Fetish’, her collaboration with Gucci Mane, peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Prior to that, her song ‘Bad Liar’, peaked at number 20. In comparison to her peers, these are pretty weak results.

Source: SelenaGomezVEVO/YouTube

That aside, others have argued that there’s another artist that deserves the accolade more than Selena – Ariana Grande.

In response to the announcement, one Twitter user pointed out:

Remember when Ariana Grande organised a massive benefit concert in less than 2 weeks to honor people who died or were injured at her concert?”

A fair point.

When discussions like this arise, it’s easy to say that it’s unfair to pit female artists (or women in general), against each other like this.

But it’s less about tearing someone down and more about actually holding artists accountable and generally being honest about one’s own achievements.

On the other hand, it’s hard to see to take these titles too seriously,

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