Katy Perry Receives UNICEF Humanitarian Award From Hillary Clinton
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:39:33
Yesterday, Katy Perry was awarded UNICEF's Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the organization's Snowflake Ball in New York. Hillary Clinton presented the "Roar" singer with the honor, who was one of the Democratic nominee's biggest supporters. It was a surprise appearance from Clinton, who was unannounced going into the event, explains the Hollywood Reporter.
While presenting Perry with the Award, Clinton said, "On a personal level, I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be here to help celebrate … a global megastar, a social media queen with the most Twitter followers in the world — although she's getting some competition — and someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up." She continued, "I have seen Katy's commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand," she continued. "I've gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place. She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them. We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion."
Perry has been an ambassador for UNICEF since 2013 and raised over $1 million for the organization on her most recent world tour. The singer broke into tears before her speech began, and jokingly asked, "Does anyone have a tissue?" And then told the audience, "I've always had a voice — a singing voice — but I've never had a voice like I've had before. Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people. We appreciate you for your incredible work and your heart." She later added, "No more just hoping for the best and easy living. We need to come together united for the best. ... We were all children at one time: born innocent, vulnerable, fragile, and we all needed a helping hand to grow into the people that we are today. If we could keep that thought in our hearts, despite our differences, imagine the kindness, acceptance and empathy that would light the world and remind us once again that we're all in this together."
In the end, Perry vowed to continue her humanitarian efforts: "Truly, my work has only just begin and this award is not a finish line, but a starting line. It will be constant reminder to get back in the field and shine my spotlight on where it matters most."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff