Gomez told Entertainment Tonight that the current social climate made her award especially meaningful.
She said, “I think right now, especially, with everything going on in my industry, it’s empowering to see the voice that women have right now.”
She opened up about her difficult year and how much she thinks she's changed.
Gomez said, “I feel like, if you’re still, there’s not really a lot of change,” She continued, “And I’m somebody that constantly likes to grow and feel like… what could I be better at? I like to choose to live my life in a way where… I want to be weight-free. I think it is important to go through your life the way you want.”
In Gomez's acceptance speech, she also thanked her team and her family for sticking with her through tough times.
She said, “I’m reminded by a team of people who believe in me, even when I don’t myself, that I couldn’t be luckier. But I don’t feel more proud… I’ve never felt more proud to be a woman in this industry than I do today.”
Finally, she thanked the woman who came before her and paved the way for women in music today.
“I’m so grateful for the older women who have lifted all of us up because I couldn’t be here without any of you,” she said.
All in all, she made it clear how grateful she was to be in her position with the ability to keep making music.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position I’ve been given in my career from seven to 14 to now,” she said. “I want people to know I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be part of something great and I wanted people to feel great.”
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