In music, perhaps more than anywhere else, women really do run the world. So at Billboard’s Women of the Year Awards, honoring all things female in the recording industry, we asked some of music’s biggest names what their favorite part of being a woman is.
The California native, who performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, the MTV VMAs, and most recently the iHeart Radio Festival in September, got her start performing on shows like America’s Most Talented Kids (she won in 2004 at age 11) and on American Idol (she was eliminated before the Hollywood round on Season 9). “I knew that I loved performing, but getting on stage was really hard for me.” By putting herself into these uncomfortable situations, she learned how to perform and feel like herself while on stage. Kelly wisely turned to YouTube as a way of reaching the masses and quickly created a community of online fans.