(NEW YORK) -- Fergie and Glee star Lea Michele were honored at Billboard magazine's fifth annual Women in Music bash Thursday in New York City, with Fergie receiving the magazine's prestigious Woman of the Year honor. Michele received the magazine's first ever Triple Threat award, for her singing, dancing, and acting talents.
The Woman of the Year award is given each year to a "trailblazing" female recording artist who has "inspired the music business with her success, leadership, and new ideas." Fergie told ABC News Radio that for her, the award was more of a culmination of her entire career, and not just a recognition of this past year.
She explained, "I think for me, it means celebrating all of the years that I put in, since I was seven years old in the business...and dreaming about this....it's all those hours of work and jet lag and rehearsal...I feel like I finally made it!"
As for the Triple Threat Award, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde explained that the magazine created it because "Glee kind of rewrote the record books and our charts this year and we really wanted to figure out a way to incorporate that into an event like this." Werde says Michele received the honor over another female cast member because she's "sung on seven of the top-ten-selling Glee songs" and "it just felt right."
Michele herself said of the honor: "I'm so thankful that they created this award and thought about me for it...I feel so honored."
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