Hayley Kiyoko Talks 2019 Hashtag as #20GAYTEEN Comes to a Close (Or Does It?)

The pop star received Billboard's Rising Star award at Thursday night's Women in Music event.

Hayley Kiyoko’s viral hashtag #20GAYTEEN kicked off a year of LGBTQ visibility like we’ve never seen -- and her fans are wondering what 2019’s tagline will be. Turns out, #20GAYTEEN isn’t going anywhere.

“#20GAYTEEN never ends,” Kiyoko told Billboard at Thursday night’s Billboard Women in Music event. “It’s the spirit within."

Kiyoko -- who received the Rising Star award at the ceremony -- also reflected on her favorite moments from the year.

“Seeing people become more politically aware was so inspiring,” the pop star said. “Seeing different artists stand up for LGBTQ -- and also, everyone’s waking up!”

Earlier in the evening, Kiyoko accepted her Rising Star honor from Lauren Jauregui with a tearful speech. Watch the emotional moment above.


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