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Selena Gomez named Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’

Selena Gomez arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Selena Gomez arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Grand Prairie native Selena Gomez is ending her year on a high note. The singer and former “Wizards of Waverly Place” star has been named Billboard’s 2017 ‘Woman of the Year.’

“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 The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group president John Amato 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.”

2017 has no doubt been a big year for Gomez, both professionally and personally. Over the past 12 months, the multi-hyphenate entertainer posed for her first cover of Vogue, executive produced the massively popular Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” and scored hit songs with “It Ain’t Me” and “Wolves.”

In September, the 25-year-old (who is the most followed person on Instagram with over 130 million followers) shocked fans when she revealed in an Instagram post that she had undergone a kidney transplant over the summer due to complications with her lupus. Gomez, who was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2013, received a kidney from longtime friend and “Grown-ish” actress Francia Raisa.

Last month, both Gomez and Raisa sat down for an interview with the “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie to discuss the life-saving surgery.

"I don't want people to think it's a sad thing that I went through this with Francia or with anything in my life,” Gomez said. “I think all of the stuff that I went through made me and defined everything that I am right now. It's a really beautiful thing and I have to remind myself of that. It's not a negative experience."

Since her transplant, the “Fetish” singer has helped raise almost $500,000 (and counting) for the Lupus Reasearch Alliance.

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