Singer and songwriter Beyonce Knowles Carter has been named most powerful woman in music by BBC Woman’s Hour Power List.
The singer who just wrapped up touring in the US with husband Jay Z was praised for her remarkable charity work with her BeyGood foundation and releasing music with political infusion from her chart topping album Lemonade.
The judges, who included British popstar Kate Nash, top producer Catherine Marks and classical musician Jessica Duchen chose the Formation hitmaker ahead of Taylor Swift in second place and Adele in fourth on their Women in Music Power List.
It is not the first time Beyonce has been honoured as in 2016 she was named as one of the seven most powerful women of the past 70 years.
Taylor Swift was praised by the panel for standing up to streaming companies like Apple and Spotify over royalties and for successfully winning a sexual assault case against a US ex-radio DJ over an incident in 2013.
The top 40 didn’t just recognise big-sellers and global stars making room for the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to champion women.
Third place went to Vanessa Reed who is a director of the PRS Foundation and has persuaded dozens of festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance on their line-ups by 2022.
The top 10 also includes Marin Alsop who became the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms in 2013; Chi-chi Nwanoku who founded Europe’s first professional majority black and minority ethnic orchestra and Sarah Stennett who is the CEO of First Access Entertainment which manages singers such as Rita Ora, Ray BLK and Bebe Rexha.
Cardi B took fourteenth place while Sia,Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell and Dua Lipa took fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth place respectively.
The Woman’s Hour producers released the music power list to coincide with BBC Music Day.It publishes its Power List annually focusing on a different theme each time.