Billboard is Still Into Hayley Williams


Paramore has been around since 2004, but it wasn’t until lead vocalist Hayley Williams lent her pipes to B.o.B’s “Airplanes” in 2010 that the group catapulted to mainstream success. Still, the group has managed to release four studio albums, all of which have surpassed the gold or platinum RIAA rating, thanks in large part to Williams’ vivacious voice and unique appeal. At this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards, she’s getting recognized for just that.

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Williams will join Ariana GrandeIdina Menzel, and Taylor Swift as honorees at the December 12 ceremony. She will receive the event’s first-ever Trailblazer Award for breaking convention and attaining success without following the norm.

“Trailblazers like Hayley are exciting to follow because they are risk takers, and we are pleased to honor her creativity and success this year,” said Janice Min, an executive at Guggenheim Media which heads Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve watched her progress and climb the charts as a soloist and lead singer for several years, and we look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.”

Williams thanked the glossy for her impending honor, but it seems like a trophy isn’t all that she’s looking forward to at its ninth-annual extravaganza.

“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!” she said. “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.”

Rock on!