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Watch Madonna's Emotional Billboard Women in Music 2016 Speech
Watch clips of Madonna's Billboard Women in Music 2016 speech.

*Click on the article to watch short clips of it, here’s part of the transcript*

“I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer.

Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years, in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.

People were dying of AIDS everywhere. It wasn’t safe to be gay, it wasn’t cool to be associated with the gay community. It was 1979 and New York was a very scary place. In the first year I was held at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat and I had my apartment broken into and robbed so many times I just stopped locking the door. In the years to follow, I lost almost every friend I’ve had to AIDS or drugs or gunshots.

As you can imagine,all these things not only helped me to become the daring woman that stands before you, but it also reminded me that I am vulnerable. And in life there is no real safety except for self-belief. And,in understanding, that I am not the owner of my talents.

I was of course inspired by Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin, but my real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules.

But I was wrong. There are no rules – if you’re a boy.

There are rules if you’re a girl. If you’re a girl, you have to play the game. You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness.

And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men.

And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin.

You will be criticized. You will be vilified. And you will definitely NOT be played on the radio.

I felt like the most hated person on the planet, eventually I was left alone because I married Sean Penn, and not only would bust a cap in your ass, but I was off the market. For a while I was not considered a threat. Years later, divorced and single – sorry Sean – I made my Erotica album and my Sex book was released. I remember being the headline of every newspaper and magazine. Everything I read about myself was damning. I was called a whore and a witch. One headline compared me to Satan. I said, ‘Wait a minute, isn’t Prince running around with fishnets and high heels and lipstick with his butt hanging out?’ Yes, he was. But he was a man. This was the first time I truly understood women do not have the same freedom as men, I remember wishing I had a female peer I could look to for support. Camille Paglia, the famous feminist writer, said I set women back by objectifying myself sexually. So I thought, 'oh, if you’re a feminist, you don’t have sexuality, you deny it.’ So I said 'fuck it. I’m a different kind of feminist. I’m a bad feminist.

When I first became famous, there were nude photos of me in Playboy and Penthouse magazine. Photos that were taken from art schools that I posed back in the day to make money. They weren’t very sexy, people say that I am so controversial, but the most controversial thing that I have done, is to stick around.

Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I’m still standing. I’m one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings.

What I would like to say to all women here today is this: Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men have to say about them. They believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they’re men – because they’re worthy.

As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.

It’s not so much about receiving this award as it is having this opportunity to stand before you and say thank you. Not only to the people who have loved and supported me along the way, you have no idea…you have no idea how much your support means. But to the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not – your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today. It made me the woman that I am today. So thank you.

Selena Gomez Billboard Woman of the Year Announcement. 

Selena Gomez will be honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year this month at the annual Billboard Women in Music dinner and awards Gala on November 30th. Billboard posted the picture today of Ms. Gomez effortlessly slaying in the Mugler Women’s Black Fitted Cady and Draped Satin Jumpsuit from the Spring 2015 Collection. This jumpsuit retailed for $3,220 before it sold out

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Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello & Kehlani to Be Honored at Billboard Women in Music 2017
Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello, and Kehlani will receive honors at Billboard's annual Women in Music dinner and awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 30.

Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello and Kehlani will receive honors at Billboard’s annual Women in Music dinner and awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 30.

Clarkson will take home the ‘Powerhouse’ award, Cabello will receive the 'Breakthrough Artist’ award and Kehlani will be given the 'Rule Breaker’ award at the event, which is set to take place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom. All three artists will perform at the reception.

The Women in Music event is held in conjunction with Billboard’s Women in Music issue, honoring the industry’s most powerful artists and executives.

This year, Selena Gomez has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

“We look forward to celebrating the amazing talent and power of these female artists and executives who continue to inspire and impact others through their achievements and contributions to the music industry,” says Dana Miller, Chief Marketing Officer of The Hollywood Reporter – Billboard Media Group. “Each year, our Women in Music event brings together the most trailblazing women in music and this year will be no exception.”

Women in Music’s red carpet pre-show, as well as the event, are scheduled to live stream via Twitter on Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

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❝It’s not so much about receiving this award as it is having this opportunity to stand before you and say thank you. Not only to the people who have loved and supported me along the way, you have no idea…you have no idea how much your support means. But to the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not – your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today. It made me the woman that I am today. So thank you.❞ ╼ Madonna

“Thank you for having me – I wrote [my speech] down because I was afraid I would make eye contact with Beyonce and forget everything,” Williams joked, nodding to the fact that Queen B was among the music and industry luminaries in the audience. “This the greatest honor I could receive, because this is the legacy I want to leave. To be in a band with my two best friends and never do anything that was something we didn’t want to do. It’s an amazing and powerful thing to be celebrated for who you are. There are a lot of girls who never feel that way, and I want to spend my life making them seen and heard.” –Hayley Williams accepting the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.