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2022 BBWIM Awards: Host Ciara Addresses Kelly Rowland’s ‘Like A Boy’ Comment + Saweetie, Summer Walker, Doja Cat & H.E.R. Slay The Stage


Ladies Night in Hollywood! The 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards celebrated all things females in music with several of your faves who rocked the stage and were honored for their musical achievements. Get into it…

The 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards returned to Los Angeles to recognize music’s rising and chart-topping artists, creators, producers and executives for their contributions to the music industry and community.

Hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Ciara at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park, the star-studded evening featured powerful performances and acceptance speeches that united women who are actively shaping the music industry.

Before getting to her hosting duties, Ciara - who looked amazing in Roberto Cavalli gown - stopped to chop it up on the red carpet where she was asked about her track “Like A Boy.” In a recent podcast, Kelly Rowland revealed Ciara’s “Like A Boy” track was originally written for her.

”That’s how it sometimes go with music,” Ciara responded. “It’s all love because Kelly’s my girl. We did a song together called ‘Girl Gang’ as well,” she said.

As for another collaboration?

”Me and Kelly we are family. Whenever its organic and it feels right, we’re going to get together," Ciara said. 

Watch the clip (and peep how Ciara's husband Russell Wilson respectfully ended the interview) below:


On stage...

Raptress Saweetie hit the stage to perform her newly released single, "Closer," which features H.E.R.



Saweetie's mother - Trinidad Valentin - introduced her performance, dubbing the west coast rap star a “force to be reckoned with." Check out her performance below:

The "Tap In" artist was awarded with the Game Changer award, proclaiming “My frequency of gratitude is vibrating at an all-time high!” She thanked family, friend and supporters for “supporting me throughout my roller coaster journey — coz this s–t ain’t easy,” and declared that despite the industry’s turbulence, she “would rather be changing the weather than to report it.”

Peep her full acceptance speech below:

On the carpet...

The "Best Friend" artist turned heads in black couture Valentino gown.

And she clearly was living it up with her mom before the festivities.  

R&B songstress Summer Walker was honored with the Chart Breaker Award - presented by Ari Lennox - before she hit the stage.

She performed "Session 32," a cut from her 2019 album Over It. Watch it below: 

On the carpet....

The "Girls Need Love" singer served up some leg action in a white ABYSS BY ABBY gown.

On Instagram, Summer shared photos of herself snapping it up with CiCi backstage. She thanked Ciara for being a mentor of sorts:

And here's Ari's gorgeous look for the event:


She stunned in a Haleia gown. Sis never misses!

Also onstage....

Soulful songstress H.E.R. hit the stage to perform her 2018 track "Fate."

Later, she accepted the American Express Impact Award from JimmyJam, one half of legendary R&B production duo Jam and Lewis.

“It’s always a beautiful day when women are getting recognized for the hard work we put in,” said the four-time Grammy winner.

Peep her performance and acceptance speech below:


Artist DojaCat rocked a look that was ripped straight from the runway of Carolina Herrera FW22 RTW collection.

Following a performance of “Alone,” Doja was presented with The Powerhouse Award by Normani. The award is given to a woman whose music dominated in their respected year through streaming, sales, and radio.

Peep her performance below: 

Check out her red carpet interview below: 

Songstress Normani served model fab on the carpet and straight baddie on IG:

Check out her red carpet interview - that Doja crashed - below:


Singer Tinashe was colorful vision in a strapless sweetheart neckline Christopher John Rogers dress.


R&B singer/songwriter SevynStreeter rocked an On Aura Tout Vu dress and Voyette Lee shoes for the top tier girls' night.

Congrats to the winners! 


Photos: Getty Images for Billabord 


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