On December 12, Billboard will be hosting their Women In Music Awards and, along with honoring Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel, the event will also bestow Paramore singer Hayley Williams with the first-ever Trailblazer Honor.
Our first thought was, “Hell to the yes!”
Second, we were flooded with all the reason why the award is so justly deserved. Because it’s impossible to keep our thoughts to ourselves, allow us to share the Top 5 reasons why Hayley Williams IS a total trailblazer.
1. Homegirl is only 25 and has accomplished more than most musicians aspire to achieve in a lifetime.
When Paramore released the band’s debut album, All We Know Is Falling, Williams was only 16 years old. With her father as tour manager, she traveled all over the world—many, many times!—and built a following from the ground-up. Plus, even though she’s just a wee thing, she can totally head-bang with the best of them.
2. She writes anthems that empower girls of all ages.
When a scheming tartlette tried to woo her boyfriend away, Williams didn’t get mad. She got even by writing “Misery Business,” a scathing song that ended up becoming Paramore’s highest-charting song to date. (In 2014, “Ain’t It Fun” took over the top spot.)
3. That voice!
Her vocal range and tonal versatility is truly unearthly. One minute, her voice has the power of a back-handed slap that leaves a bruise, like on “Ignorance,” as heard in the video above. Then, she can sing soft and gentle, as if she’s apologizing for the previous assault. Listen to “The Only Exception” and you’ll hear what we mean.
4. Her style. Her style. Oh, and did we mention her style?
It takes a true fashionista to pull off some of the looks Williams has rocked over the years. For example, not everyone can get away with two-toned pink hair, a sports bra paired with oversized boxing shorts, or biker shorts that look like they’re dripping down your legs. However, whether you think Williams belongs on the best- or worst-dressed list, she owns every outfit and ensemble.
5. She’s a punk-rock role model.
Williams is one of the few pop stars who has managed to remain edgy while still keeping her nose clean. She’s spiritual without preaching about religion and she’s a feminist who doesn’t need to wear her pride on a sponsored T-shirt.
In other words, we salute you, Ms. Hayley Williams. You help make the music world a better place.
And for one last reason to love Hayley, here’s the music video she did with our own Chris Hardwick for Hard and Phirm’s “Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah)”