Five ladies that've taken it all the way to the top - Fifth Harmony will be honored with the 'Group of the Year' award at Billboard's Women in Music event this winter, which will take place December 11 in NYC.
"Fifth Harmony defines the consummate group dynamic: five women with a strong, united voice and a commitment to celebrating female empowerment. In the few short years since they formed on The X Factor this diverse group of women has managed to make chart-topping music, develop a legion of passionate fans around the world and use their platform to promote self-esteem. They do it all so well, the very definition of a 'Group of the Year.'" - Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group.
The gals have had quite the year to deserve this award. Their debut studio album, Reflection (iTunes) was released on February 3, and after a full week of sales, Reflection entered the US Billboard 200 at number five with 80,000 units. The third single from the album (and most recognizable) 'Worth It' featuring Kid Ink, made its peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at 12, making it their first Top 15 hit and highest-charting single in the United States. On August 26, 'Worth It' was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA. The track became Fifth Harmony's first international hit, charting in the top ten charts in all of Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Not only are they great musicians, but equally great people. In support of a number of charities and organizations whose initiatives are focused on sponsoring underprivileged teenagers and promoting youth empowerment, they partnered with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and visited patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. They have also performed for patients at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In addition, Fifth Harmony took part in the Social Media Mania initiative, which included seminars at high schools on topics such as promoting social media awareness and protecting against the dangers of technology misuse; and two members of the quintet also shared some of their own experiences as victims of cyber bullying.
Along with receiving this award, Fifth Harmony will be performing at the 10th annual event, which is set to air December 18 on the Lifetime channel. Be on the lookout!