Just Legend Things: Sarah Geronimo Makes History As The First Filipina To Be Given Billboard’s Global Force Award

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Another day, another slay for Sarah Geronimo as she gets herself on the history books once more as the first Filipina awarded at Billboard’s Women In Music.

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When you’re an icon like Sarah Geronimo, making history feels like a regular Tuesday. For over two decades, the OPM superstar has given us timeless bops, unforgettable performances, and genre-defining concerts. In the process, she has not only changed the game and solidified herself as an icon in OPM, but also made a name for herself in the global scene. As proof of this, Sarah G added the latest achievement to her resume with the announcement that Billboard will be honoring her at their Women in Music Awards.


On February 23 (local time), Billboard announced that Sarah Geronimo would be one of this year’s awardees for the Global Force Award at the 2024 Women in Music Awards. Since its conception in 2007, Billboard’s Women in Music Awards has honored, highlighted, and championed the women who have been killing the game. In the past couple of years, the awards ceremony has also turned beyond the US to award women in other countries whose impact and achievement are undeniable. 


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This year marks the introduction of the Global Force Award, and joining Sarah Geronimo as part of the inaugural winners are Brazilian singer-songwriter Luisa Sonza and Italian artist Annalisa. The honor came in part with the help of Billboard Philippines, who announced that they nominated a Filipina at this year’s Women in Music who is an “all-around performer whose talents and artistry knows no bounds.” A great choice if we do say so ourselves. 


With this achievement, not only does Sarah Geronimo become the first Filipina to win the Global Force award, but also the first full-blooded Filipina ever to take home an award at Women in Music. This also marks her latest international award she can add to her awards closet, with other accolades such as a Mnet Asian Music Award and MTV EMA to her name. All we can say is deserve! 


The 2024 Billboard Women in Music Awards will happen this March 6 at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles, California, and available to view on Billboard’s website on March 7. Other honorees this year include NewJeans for Group of the Year, Victoria Monét for the Honda Rising Star award, and Karol G as Woman of the Year. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sarah Geronimo will be present in LA to receive her award. We already can’t wait for the NewJeans and Sarah G moment. 

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