Selena Gomez: “To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life,” she said, before her voice broke and she began crying. She took a moment to collect herself and apologised before carrying on with her speech.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position that I’ve been given in my career from seven to 14 to now,” she continued. “I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be a part of something great and I wanted people to feel great because I love people.”
“I’ve never felt more proud to be a woman in this industry than I do today and that’s because I feel actually comfortable with every single woman that has encouraged me,” she said. “I am so grateful for all the older women who have lifted all of us up because I couldn’t be here without any of you. Thank you to all of you who have inspired so many girls who don’t feel like they have a voice. I’m very, very lucky. I love you guys.”
She concluded her speech by reeling off specific thanks before addressing Elle and Francia and saying, “I don’t know how I’ll ever repay it but maybe I’ll make an epic album next year for you guys and everyone else.”