Watch Lady Gaga Talk Billboard Women in Music Honor & Name Her Woman of the Year

Michael Seto
Lady Gaga arriving at Billboard's Women in Music New York, NY Dec. 11, 2015

"I wanted to use today as an opportunity to continue to spread the message and the movement for young people to raise their voices," she said of her "Til It Happens To You" performance.

Lady Gaga made the most of her Billboard Woman of the Year honor Friday (Dec. 11), making a powerful statement with her accepting the award. 

At the Women in Music event the pop star performed her song "Til It Happens To You," which she wrote with Dianne Warren for The Hunting Ground documentary about college campus sexual assaults. She told Billboard before the event this song choice was to intended further shed light on the issue she's so passionate about. 

Billboard Women In Music 2015 Photos: Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato & More

"We really care about the issue of campus rapes and raising the social awareness about trauma and violence in young people's lives," she said. "So I wanted to use today as an opportunity to continue to spread the message and the movement for young people to raise their voices for their stories and come together to be strong."

As for her own, personal woman of the year? Gaga said her mom takes that prize. 

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"My mom always takes care of me through the ups and the downs no matter what and nothing ever changes no matter how my career changes my family stays the same," she said. 

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Watch Billboard Women in Music on Lifetime, Dec. 18th at 8 p.m. E.T.