Katy Perry was honored with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at UNICEF’s annual Snowflake Ball Tuesday evening in New York. The singer’s humbling accomplishment came with an even bigger surprise. In a rare post-presidential election appearance, Hillary Clinton dropped by to present Katy, and avid supporter of her campaign, with the special UNICEF award.
Hillary approached the mic and delivered a touching speech about “someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up.” The former presidential candidate went on to gush over Katy’s commitment to good causes. “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,” Hillary said. “We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.”
A teary-eyed Katy walked to the stage and exchanged a warm hug with Hillary. “I’ve always had a voice–a singing voice–but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before,” Katy said. “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.”
The singer went on to accept her award with the promise that her journey has just begun with regard to humanitarian efforts. “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,” Katy continued. “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.”
Check out a few videos from the ceremony below.
(Photo credits: The Hollywood Reporter, APEntertainment and cashleelee Twitter accounts)
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