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Paramore’s Hayley Williams Set to Receive Trailblazer Award From Billboard

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Billboard magazine’s ‘Women In Music Awards’ shines a light on the accomplishments of ‘the fairer sex’ in music — and their ‘Trailblazer’ honor is a particularly meaningful one as it salutes those artists who choose to stray form the conventional paths, carving their own identity.

This year, that honor will be given to Hayley Williams of Paramore.

“I can remember a time when I would’ve been made fun of for doing things differently. Now I’m getting an award for it? This is too much. I’m so excited,” Williams told Billboard. “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.”

For those keeping tally, Paramore has hit the Billboard charts four times thus far in their career; their self-titled release hit the top slot earlier this year. “We are pleased to honor her creativity and success this year,” said Billboard spokesperson Janice Min. “Trailblazers like Hayley are exciting to follow because they are risk takers.”

The awards ceremony takes place in New York City on Dec. 12.

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