Katy Perry was honored on Friday at Billboard’s Women in Music event, along with Rising Star Carly Rae Jepsen and dozens of the most powerful women in music. Accepting her Woman of the Year award, the “Part of Me” superstar thanked those that helped her when she was “trying to fight for myself and my vision when people had other ideas of what I should be.”
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Her empowering, oft-funny 4-minute speech also included a declaration and a mantra, “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women. I don’t really like to call myself a role model for my fans. I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women. My mantra, especially for the [‘Part Of Me’] film, was: If you believe in yourself, you can be anything.”
Shoutouts to her mom, sister (“for keeping my head above water throughout… some of the hardest times of my life”) and cousin (“who just had a baby with no epidural”) followed.
Check out her full speech above, plus to the right watch video highlights from our red carpet interview with Katy, plus her chat with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, with whom she talked about her relationship with fans.
“People don’t want to look up to someone. They want to look at across at someone and say, ‘That’s my girl. She’s singing something I don’t know how to put into words. She’s captured something and became the soundtrack of my life.’ And I know that if I get out of line, my sister back home will whack me across the face – and so will my management.”