Selena Gomez receives Billboard's Woman of the Year award
The 25-year-old singer was the recipient of one of the greatest titles at the star-studded ceremony, which took place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES - Selena Gomez received the Woman of the Year honour at Billboard's Women in Music Award 2017, which was presented to her by organ donor Francia Raisa and Elle Fanning.
The 25-year-old singer was the recipient of one of the greatest titles at the star-studded ceremony, which took place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on Thursday, and as she picked up the gong, the _Fetish _hitmaker admitted she is "proud" to be a female artist in the entertainment industry.
Speaking at the event, she said: "I couldn't be more grateful for the position that I've been given in my career. I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so deeply ... I've never felt more proud to be a woman in this industry. I am so grateful for all the older women who have helped us up."
Although Gomez was honoured to be awarded the title, she believes her friend Francia Raisa, who donated one of her kidney's to the vocalist in a life-saving operation over the summer, which was needed as a result of her battle with Lupus - a condition in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue - is more deserving of the accolade because she "saved [her] life".
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
Gomez continued: "To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life. I would like to thank my amazing team and family because they stuck with me through some really hard times."
And Raisa is "really honoured" for The _13 Reasons Why _executive producer at the ceremony.
Raisa gushed to Billboard Online: "I'm really honoured to do this for her tonight. I was just glad I was able to do. I'm glad I was a match. She's standing here and being honoured and I've seen her career continue to soar, it's amazing."
Gomez's title has previously been picked up by Taylor Swift, as well as fellow musicians including, Beyonce, Pink and Fergie.
Although the Bad Liar singer does not know how she can "repay" anyone after picking up the gong, she has vowed to create an "epic album" next year.
She concluded her speech: "I don't know how I'll ever repay it but maybe I'll make an epic album next year."