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Lady Gaga hopes for gender-neutral categories in awards shows

In her emotional acceptance speech for Best Original Song for ‘Shallow,’ the singer urged people to fight for their dreams and never give up.

FILE: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on 24 February 2019 in Hollywood, California. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Following her Oscars win for Best Original Song at the Oscars, Lady Gaga revealed she hopes in the future awards categories will become gender neutral.

The 32-year-old singer-and-actress picked up the prize for Best Original Song for Shallow from her movie A Star is Born at the Academy Awards on Sunday night and speaking to assembled media backstage afterwards she called for a future where prizes are not differentiated by a person’s sex.

Speaking in the press room, she was asked if she would send a message to all her fans in Sydney, Australia, who are currently celebrating Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Thinking about her answer, Gaga responded by saying: “One of the hardest things in life is to be brave enough to be yourself. I wish everyone that is going to that celebration to feel joy inside of them. I hope that everyone there in Sydney feels so much joy and celebrates all sexual identities. I also have a true dream in our future, as we evolve as humans, that these award shows will not be male and female, but that we include everyone.”

Following her comments, Gaga was applauded by her Shallow co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt who were present and the assembled journalists.

In her emotional acceptance speech, Gaga urged people to fight for their dreams and never give up as she recalled all the hard work she has put into her career to become a success.

The Born This Way hitmaker said: “If you’re at home and sitting on your couch watching this, it is hard work, I’ve worked hard for a long time, it’s not about winning, it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. It’s not about how many times you get rejected or that you fall down or are beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going.”