The inaugural award, called the Icon Award, recognizes a distinguished artist whose career transcends popular culture and whose music is loved by generations of Radio Disney fans.
“Having just celebrated 20 years of Radio Disney in 2016, we are excited to introduce the RDMA ‘Icon’ Award as special recognition of an artist whose music has been loved and adored by generations of Radio Disney fans. We are proud to celebrate Britney as the first recipient for this award acknowledging her chart-topping career on Radio Disney since 1998,” said Phil Guerini, vice president, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager, Radio Disney Network.
One of the most successful entertainers in pop history, Spears has sold nearly 150 million records worldwide, released six No.1 debuting albums and earned eight Grammy nominations. Spears’ debut single “…Baby One More Time,” released when she was age 16, began playing on Radio Disney in 1998. With over 15 chart-topping singles on Radio Disney, including the number one song of 1999, “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” and most recently two singles on the Radio Disney Top 30 in 2016, Spears exemplifies a true Radio Disney icon.
The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards will take place on Saturday, April 29th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show will feature performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara, Noah Cyrus, Julia Michaels, Grace VanderWaal, Jordan Fisher, Train and more.