LOS ANGELES: Selena Gomez received top honors at the annual Billboard Women in Music event, but the singer felt the recognition may have been misplaced.
“To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life,” a tearful Gomez said of actress Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to Gomez earlier this year. Raisa presented the woman of the year award to Gomez, who had a transplant due to her struggle with lupus.
“Specifically this year, I would like to thank my amazing team and my family because they stuck with me through some really hard times. And I got to do a lot this year, even though I had a couple of other things to do,” Gomez told the crowd at the Hollywood gala.
The event, which honors female trailblazers in music, also paid tribute to Solange Knowles, Kelly Clarkson and Camila Cabello.
“I’ve never felt as proud to be a women in the industry than I do today,” Gomez said while adding how crucial it is that voices “are being heard for the fist time.”
The wave of sexual harassment allegations rocking the entertainment industry was touched on throughout the evening.
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran presented the award to Greenwald, calling her “a warrior and a tank.”
Taraji P. Henson presented the icon award to Mary J. Blige. The Grammy-winning legend said her path to success has not been easy.
“I’m a fighter and I’m here and I’m gonna keep fighting for every woman everywhere,” said Blige. “I’m out there fighting for you.”
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