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As most of us know, today is International Women’s Day. In honor of the day, Apple Music asked visionary female artists about the women who inspire them and the music that moves them.

Cardi B, Cara Delevingine, Kelsea Ballerini, and more visionary female artists were asked about women who inspire them and the music that moves them.


According to PEOPLE, Cardi B reminisces the 1993 hit and artist Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” for representing “every woman like me: wife, mother, daughter, provider, sister, boss, mogul.”

“This song is for all those powerful women in the world,” she said. “I just love it. Makes me feel good and smile when it comes on.”

Meanwhile, Kelsea Ballerini gave a special thanks to country-pop crossover artist Shania Twain for inspiring her and “thousands and thousands of women to be bold and be brave and sassy and do it with grace and do it with authority.”

Cara Delevingine praised Beyonce for “changing the narrative on being a powerful, female boss,” as did famed songwriter Diane Warren. Warren worked with Beyonce on the 2011 song “I Was Here,” which she called “one of her favorite songs I have ever written.”

Each of these artists created a new Apple Music playlist filled with the songs that matter most to them. Ariana Grande’s “Who Runs the World” playlist of 103 handpicked songs from artists like Britney Spears, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and Rihanna.

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Ariana Grande performs onstage during the Sweetener World Tour at Times Union Center on March 18, 2019, in Albany, New York.

“There are so many lenses through which we can explore female empowerment in music: confidence, celebration of self, flexing the way men do, sexual liberation, healing from heartbreak, uplifting one another, and just all around challenging the definition of what women and girls ‘should’ be,” Grande stated. The women and songs in this playlist (and sooooo many countless others.. might need to make a second playlist tbh) have empowered millions of listeners worldwide.”

On today, Apple Music Radio and Apple Music TV will feature female voices, stories and musicianship for 24 hours, back-to-back.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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