Selena Gomez was been named Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year. The annual awards gala took place Thursday night in Los Angeles, and Billboard also revealed Gomez’s accompanying photo shoot and exclusive interview.

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In the interview, Gomez opens up about her struggles with her lupus diagnosis and subsequent kidney transplant, as well as saying “no” to industry pressures. She also discusses the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and how more men are being held accountable for their abusive behaviour.

Past honorees of Billboard’s Woman of the Year include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Beyoncé and last year’s winner, Madonna.

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

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Check out the entire Billboard photo shoot here and cover story here.

In other music news, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran link up for “Perfect Duet.” Listen to it right here.

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