Hillary Clinton surprised Katy Perry at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in a rare appearance since the presidential election. Secretary Clinton awarded the singer a very prestigious UNICEF award. Perry actively supported Clinton all along her presidential campaign path.
The singer has encouraged disappointed Clinton voters, “Building a Bridge” by means of a peaceful conversation, according to HollywoodReporter.com. The former secretary of state spoke about Perry as she presented her the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) ball:
‘I’ve gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place. We need champions like Katy now more than ever.
‘On a personal level, I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be here to help celebrate … a global megastar, a social media queen with the most Twitter followers in the world — although she’s getting some competition — and someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up.’
Perry was brought to tears when the gala’s audience gave her a standing ovation. Clinton continued her praise of Perry:
‘I have seen Katy’s commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand. I’ve gotten to spend time with her, and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place. She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling
people together to solve them. We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.’
The singer has been an ambassador for UNICEF since 2013. As such, she has traveled on field visits to places as diverse as Vietnam and the island nation of Madagascar. She also raised over $1 million for the nonprofit organization. Perry joked:
‘Does anyone have a tissue?’
As Clinton left the venue, Perry told her:
‘I’ve always had a voice — a singing voice — but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before. Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people. We appreciate you for your incredible work and your heart.’
‘Even though I’ve only been on a few field visits, I’m happy I’ve helped highlight the effects of climate change, which is real.’
‘No more just hoping for the best and easy living. We need to come together united for the best. … We were all children at one time: born innocent, vulnerable, fragile, and we all needed a helping hand to grow into the people that we are today. If we could keep that thought in our hearts, despite our differences, imagine the kindness, acceptance, and empathy that would light the world and remind us once again that we’re all in this together.’
As the award winner stood with her boyfriend Orlando Bloom and her parents, she vowed:
‘Truly, my work has only just begun and this award is not a finish line, but a starting line. It will be constant reminder to get back in the field and shine my spotlight on where it matters most.’
Check out this video of Perry and Clinton: