Hillary Clinton stepped out into the spotlight for only the second time since she lost the U.S. elections to Donald Trump. In a surprise appearance, she presented singer Katy Perry the "Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award" during the UNICEF Snowflake Ball that took place on Nov. 29, 2016.
Clinton says no words can describe how delighted she was at the event, helping celebrate a "global megastar and social media queen," CNN reports. She heaped praises upon Perry, saying that the singer is someone whose "powerful voice and creative lyrics" empower us to get back on our two feet when test and trials knock us down.
Clinton goes on to say that she is a witness to Perry's commitment to the beliefs and charitable causes that she firmly believes. She adds that after plenty of shared moments with the singer, she has gotten to know Perry as a "champion" who's determined to "understand the complex problems we face and pull people together to solve them."
Clinton concluded her speech with an indirect call for everyone to emulate Perry. "We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion."
The thirteen-time Grammy nominee was moved to tears by the surprise introduction and even requested for tissues out loud. She responded to Clinton's kind words with a speech just as touching, saying that the presidentiable sparked something inside her soul, a "light that will never go out," but will only continue to shine "brighter and brighter." The singer then thanked Clinton on behalf of the millions of people who appreciated the politician's incredible work and big heart.
Perry is one of big-name celebrities who actively gave their all-out support for Clinton during the recently concluded U.S. elections, as reported by Jobs & Hire. She even donned a custom-made statement jacket with the words "I'm With Madame President" during a concert in Mann Center, Philadelphia, when the campaign was still in full swing.