Hayley Kiyoko Accepts Rising Star Award With Tearful Speech at HipHopMagz Women in Music 2018

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"No one needs to be courageous. We’re all terrified. And I’m very grateful for my followers due to their overwhelming help and religion in me."

A tearful Hayley Kiyoko accepted her Rising Star award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music ceremony at New York's Pier 36 on Thursday (Dec. 6). The singer showcased her slick choreography throughout a efficiency of “Curious” earlier than receiving the honour.

“I’m going to be crying this entire time -- it’s the primary time I’ve accepted an award on stage,” Kiyoko mentioned earlier than breaking into tears. The crowd, which included Ariana Grande, Cyndi Lauper and Patti LaBelle comforted her with applause.

She continued: “I used to be crying proper earlier than I went on stage and I used to be going to say in my speech: No one needs to be courageous. We’re all terrified. And I’m very grateful for my followers due to their overwhelming help and religion in me. I discovered my goal in life and the power to embrace my fact.”

Hayley’s speech wasn’t totally emotional; she bought a number of jokes in as effectively. “My mother advised me that you just’re solely a rising star as soon as after which after that, you’re previous information. I’m actually going to absorb this second as a result of that is it for me,” she mentioned to laughs earlier than thanking her household and her staff of “extraordinarily boss ladies.”

Kiyoko ended her speech by saying, “I simply need to say that necessity is the mom of innovation. I’m the artist that I'm out of necessity.”

Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui introduced Kiyoko with the award. In her introduction, she praised Kiyoko for being multi-talented, mentioning that she’s not solely a singer and songwriter, but in addition a LGBTQ activist, music video director, actress and “throughout badass.”

Kiyoko is considered one of a number of 2018 Women in Music honorees, together with Grande (Woman of the Year), Lauper (accepting the Icon award), Janelle Monae (the Trailblazer award), Kacey Musgraves (the Innovator award) and SZA (the Rule Breaker award).