Ariana Grande. Photo: CHRIS PIZZELLO/AP

Ariana Grande has been named Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year.

And the singer is due to receive the honour in person at the Billboard’s annual Women in Music dinner and award gala in New York on 6 December.

Ross Scarano, Billboard’s Vice President of Content, said in a statement: “Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry.

“Certain in her convictions, she consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women.

“She’s got guts, she’s making some of the best music of her career, and she’s absolutely deserving of Woman of the Year.”

And the No Tears Left to Cry hitmaker was chuffed with the news, tweeting: “thank * for this honor @billboard. (sic)”

For Ariana, 25, the award follows a tough year which has seen her mourning the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller in September, and split from her fiancé Pete Davidson last month.

She has bounced back with her new track titled Thank U, Next becoming the first pop song to reach the top spot on Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Chart as well on the Top 100 US Chart.

The song had 9 million streams worldwide in the first 24 hours, and she set the Spotify record for the biggest day for a female artist, with 8.19 million streams.

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