Katy Perry Accepts amFAR Award of Courage With Passionate Speech: 'A Courageous Life Is the Only One Worth Living'

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Katy Perry performs onstage at the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 18, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Katy Perry shined in her baby-blue ensemble at Thursday's amFAR Gala in Los Angeles as she accepted the amFAR Award of Courage.

The superstar was recognized along with TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie for their efforts in the global fight against AIDS and HIV. Perry has been a longtime advocate for finding a cure for AIDS/HIV, and her speech for the Foundation for AIDS Research radiated positivity and inspiration. 

"Today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living," she began. "I come from a Bible-thumping background that wasn’t particularly open or accepting of curiosity, I wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms -- luck was too closely associated with Lucifer, obviously -- or watch the Smurfs because they were magical blue demons, and then I became [the voice of] Smurfette later on in life, teenage rebellion.”

The gala raised more than $14 million for amFAR's research programs. The event's attendees also included Perry's boyfriend Orlando Bloom, Darren Criss, Heidi Klum, Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow, and Robert Pattinson and others. It also featured a performance from Shirley Bassey.

Perry wrapped up her speech by admitting, “I may not have known it then, but daring to ask questions and redefine right and wrong when everybody around me spoke in absolutes was my first attempt at a courageous life."


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