The actress/singer received the accolade at the 2010 Billboard Women in Music Event in New York, where Jazmine Sullivan was also recognised and Black Eyed Peas star Fergie was handed the Woman of the Year prize.
Michele admits she was overwhelmed to meet the other famous females receiving prizes and felt humbled to be among the honorees.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Just left Billboards Women in Music Awards. So amazing. Fergie & Jazmine Sullivan were so inspiring. Such an honor. Thank you Billboard."