Grace VanderWaal Performs 'Moonlight, Accepts 'Rising Star' Award at Billboard Women in Music 2017

Grace VanderWaal choked up with emotion as she accepted the ‘Rising Star Award’ at the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Awards after a captivating performance of her hit single “Moonlight.”

In a spell-binding acceptance speech that belied her young age, the 13-year-old starlet hailed the recognition as “life-changing” and “an incredible blessing,” citing the “rough waters” she had navigated to her present prominence. She acknowledged that she didn’t know where her path would take her, but ended by thanking everyone who had “worked their butts off” on her behalf.

Prior to receiving the honors, VanderWaal delighted attendees with an acoustic rendition of the lead single off her debut album, Just the Beginning, wearing a silver dress and strumming her trademark ukulele.

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