Black & White Ball
NBT was pleased to honor country pop icon Shania Twain as the 2020 ‘Woman of the Year’ at NBT’s annual Black & White Ball on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Caesars Palace.
Canadian singer songwriter Shania Twain is the top-selling female country artist of all time and among the best-selling music artists of all time. With over 100 million records sold, her three decade career has produced a roster of unforgettable hits. She is the recipient of five GRAMMY Awards and a 2016 Billboard Women in Music Icon Award, earning her the respected title “Queen of Country Pop.”
In 2010, Twain established “Shania Kids Can” (SKC), a non-profit organization that provides services for elementary school children in North America who are experiencing personal suffering, economic hardship and food insecurity. Since 2013, SKC has operated at both elementary and middle school levels in Las Vegas and this school year, the program will be offered at Doris French Elementary School.
“By creating a positive cycle for students and providing extra support, we’re giving them a better chance at personal success in the future,” says Shania.
Twain joins an impressive list of female icons who have been feted over the past 36 years by NBT for their artistic achievements, philanthropic contributions and dedication to Las Vegas.
“I would like to thank NBT for having an award that acknowledges women’s achievements,” said Twain. “Ballet is such a formidable discipline and I am honored to be recognized as a patron of this art. Let’s Go Girls!”
With a rich history of honoring female pioneers beginning in 1985 with Elaine Wynn, the Black & White Ball has grown to become of Las Vegas’ preeminent society and fashion events. An array of famed actresses, dancers, singers and comedians have been recognized through the years including Celine Dion, Rita Rudner, Marie Osmond, Priscilla Presley, Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson, Debbie Allen, Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Williams and Giada De Laurentiis. Most recently, NBT recognized the achievements of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning superstar Rita Moreno in 2019.
Funds raised from the event support NBT’s professional company productions at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts; its affiliated school, the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre; and Education and Outreach programs for at-risk youth that serve over 20,000 students a year.
Shania Twain is a five-time GRAMMY winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Twain’s albums include Shania Twain, Twain’s Platinum-selling 1993 debut; The Woman in Me, her GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Twain’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.
Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Twain is the first and only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and she recently received the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Twain’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” Shania’s first album in 15 years, NOW, was released in September 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums, making it the first female country release in over 3 years to top the all genre chart. Additionally, the album landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country album charts and went to No. 1 in Canada, Australia and the UK. The release of the album was followed by a year-long sold-out World Tour.
“Shania Twain is a human being of great strength, courage and resilience,” said NBT Co-Founder and Co-Chair Nancy Houssels. “Her unending talent has raised entertainment to new heights and her devotion to children who are suffering is beyond admirable. She is not just a “Woman of the Year,” she is a “Woman of the Century.”
Twain joins an impressive list of female icons who have been feted over the past 36 years by NBT for their artistic achievements, philanthropic contributions and dedication to Las Vegas including Debbie Reynolds, Celine Dion, Marie Osmond, Bette Midler, Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson, Debbie Allen, Olivia Newton-John, Vanessa Williams, Giada De Laurentiis, and most recently, Rita Moreno.