Aretha serenades Swift as Billboard honors both

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — It'll be hard for Taylor Swift top this as a birthday gift: A birthday serenade from none other than the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin arguably had the best performance of the afternoon as the legend gave an impromptu performance of "Happy Birthday" to Taylor Swift, Billboard's new "Woman of the Year," at their annual Women in Music event on Friday.

Technically Swift doesn't turn 25 until Saturday but she was able to celebrate early with the honor; she was one of several women honored at the event.

Including Franklin, who received the appropriately named "Icon" award, Ariana Grande was named "Rising Star" while Iggy Azalea was named "Chart Topper."