Idina Menzel to Receive Honors at 2014 Billboard Women in Music Awards

Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel will be two of the honorees at this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards, joining Taylor Swift as recipients at the Dec. 12 event in New York City.

Grande will receive the 2014 Billboard Rising Star award and Menzel will accept the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award, a new honor at the awards event that’s now in its ninth year. Swift has been previously named the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year.

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Tony Award-winning icon Menzel voiced Elsa in Disney’s massive global hit Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” that’s become a new classic in the Disney cartoon canon. With this song, she made history this year as the first singer with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

“I’m so honored to receive the Breakthrough Artist Award from Billboard,” said Menzel. “This has definitely been an amazing breakthrough year and I’m thrilled and humbled by it all, including this wonderful award.”

Menzel is currently starring in the Broadway production If/Then and her Christmas album Holiday Wishes debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart, at its release last month.

“For Idina Menzel, who has influenced the charts for decades, 2014 was an utterly remarkable year by any measure,” said Min. “We are so proud to be able to give the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award to someone who so richly deserves it, and continues to both surprise and profoundly shape the industry.”

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BWW Album Awards + Forward50

BroadwayWorld.com is having its first annual BroadwayWorld Album Awards and Idina and her shows are nominated several times. Make sure to vote for your favorites!

Idina related categories are:

+ Best New Broadway Musical Cast Album
If/Then (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

+ Favorite All Time Cast Recording
Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
If/Then: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

+ Favorite All Time Live Album
LIVE: Barefoot at the Symphony – Idina Menzel
Chess in Concert (2009 Concert Cast Recording)

+ Favorite All Time Solo Album and/or EP
I Stand – Idina Menzel
Still I Can’t Be Still – Idina Menzel

Vote here

In other news, Idina made the top 5 (#3, to be exact) of the Jewish Daily’s annual Forward50 list which lists the 50 American Jews who have had the most impact on US national story.
Here’s a short excerpt of Idina’s page, you can read more and watch a short video at the Forward50 site.

Sorry, Idina, but we’re not letting go.

From sexy Arendelle-inspired Halloween costumes to Olaf the Snowman cookies, America’s obsession with “Frozen” is alive and well, nearly a year after the film’s theatrical release.

At the heart of the craze is a voice — a powerful, emotional, Jewish voice. It’s a voice that continues to echo through the mouths of the nation, from small children to grandparents.

Idina Menzel’s contribution to 2013 pop culture is undoubtedly her role as Elsa the Snow Queen, who struggles to conquer her power to control snow and ice and use them for good rather than evil.

Her cry to “Let It Go” resonated with a new generation of Disney fans — and yes, more than a few older ones as well.

“Frozen” has so pervaded the collective mindset that it now seems like an obvious hit. But the plot could have been very, very different. Queen Elsa was originally slated as the movie’s villain. But when the producers heard “Let It Go,” they found that it made her too sympathetic. So they rewrote her as the flawed — but heroic — main character.

Menzel loved the change: “To my beautiful surprise, she was never ever the nemesis. She was just this misunderstood, beautiful young woman we could all relate to.

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CMA Country Christmas

The CMA Country Christmas taping took place last night in Nashville, TN and Idina was a big part of it performing three songs! First ‘Do you hear what I hear’ with the kids, next an amazing ‘Let it Go’ duet with Jennifer Nettles (video below) and lastly, ‘White Christmas’. Make sure not to miss it on TV next month, CMa Country Christmas airs Monday December 1st, 8pm ET on ABC.

During the taping Idina announced she’s going on tour! There’s probably going to be an official announcement in the coming weeks since the special is supposed to air in December, so we’ll know more about it soon. So exciting!

Over 200 pictures of the taping are now in the gallery. Enjoy!

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Let it Go with Jennifer Nettles

Poll Time: Past Theatre

Time for a new poll! What show, that you haven’t seen Idina in, would you have liked to see her live at the time? Not including If/Then because she’s still doing that one.

You can choose up to 2 shows this time. So Wicked plus one more, ok?

Read more about all these shows in our Theatre page, which includes links to the gallery so you can see pics of each production as well.

What show would you have liked to see Idina in?

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Idina to perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sting, Idina Menzel and the cast of “Sesame Street” will be among the stars celebrating at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy’s announced Monday that Kiss, Meghan Trainor, Quvenzhane Wallis and Renee Fleming also will be part of the lineup on Nov. 27.

The special will air at 9 a.m. EST on NBC. Macy’s says more than 8,000 people will participate in the event.

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Let’s do a little Throwback Monday and take a look at Idina’s previous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2008, performing in the M&M’s float!

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