After a soul-stirring rendition of "Time After Time" by Tituss Burgess at Billboard's 2018 Women In Music occasion, Cyndi Lauper took the stage to just accept the Icon Award on Thursday (Dec. 6) night time in New York City.
Lauper opened by thanking Dua Lipa, who introduced her with the award, telling her she'd be "standing right here sooner or later." She additionally thanked Billboard, stating, "I've been working with you guys all my life."
As all good speeches do, Cyndi opened with a joke. "I all the time get requested, 'what does it really feel wish to be an icon?' I didn't know how one can reply that. See now?" Lauper mentioned, grabbing her Icon Award from Dua, "I can hand them this and say, 'right here, maintain this.'"
Then Lauper introduced us again to the '80s. "When I used to be beginning that they had quotas of girls they might signal," she recalled. "I truly did a showcase and the man mentioned to me, 'properly, we obtained Debbie, Patti -- we obtained our quota of girls.' That's the place it was. I suppose it's form of nonetheless like that, however you [honorees] are kicking down doorways and that's superior. I strongly believed my complete life that sisterhood is a robust factor…. We have to share our tales and stick collectively and promote one another. I stand on the shoulder of girls who got here earlier than me, as you guys are standing on mine and others will come and stand on yours."
Lauper additionally paid tribute to the late Polly Anthony, who she credit with guaranteeing "True Colors" obtained radio play in 1986 regardless of preliminary indifference from DJs. Anthony later turned president of Epic Records from 1997-2003.
"To all the ladies, please bear in mind -- we shouldn't be in opposition to one another, we must always assist one another," she concluded.