After pausing for a moment to gather her thoughts, she continued: "I feel incredibly lucky".
She then paid tribute to those who had come before her.
She concluded: "I think it's an important time where people can say what they feel and know their platforms are used for something great". That Q&A (read it here) generated several intention-setting mantras, including "I want to live a life that's worth living" and "I'm actually grateful for who I am". After her kidney transplant, Selena Gomez experienced what many others with chronic illnesses have faced, and recently revealed how she learned to feel empowered by her scar. While tearing up, she said, "To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award".
After such a huge year, it's no surprise that Selena was awarded Billboard's Woman Of The Year, because, well, she's an fantastic human being...
"I don't know how I'll ever repay it but maybe I'll make an epic album next year", Gomez said.
Iâm very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasnât promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.
Raisa, who attended the show in Los Angeles as Gomez's date, spoke with Billboard backstage about donating her kidney to her friend. Honestly, that whole experience made me look at life a little differently.
"I love Kevin [Systrom], the creator of Instagram, and he has gotten mad at me in the past when I was like, 'I have to take a break from it, '" Selena shared.