Katy Perry Thanks Hillary Clinton, Teases New Music in Emotional Instagram Post

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From left: Pamela Fiori, Board of Directors member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Hillary Clinton; Katy Perry; and Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

"Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have," the singer wrote.

Two days after Hillary Clinton surprised Katy Perry​ to present her the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the 2016 UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Tuesday, the "Rise" singer was clearly still reveling in the moment.

Sharing a picture with the former presidential candidate from the ball, Perry expressed her appreciation for the honor and Clinton's appearance at the event, also reminiscing on the pain she felt the last time she saw the Democratic nominee. "The last time I was in NYC was for Election Night," she wrote. "I left covered in a blanket of sadness and despair because for me, and I imagine others, the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions to the surface. I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness."

Despite feeling this way, though, Perry recognized that Clinton remained an inspiration even after the disappointing election results: "Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have. Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out."

The fire that Clinton sparked in Perry may have also set the path for her next material. After telling fans that she is motivated to fight against social justice, Perry hinted that next year will bring some new music that could have a lot to do with just that.

"It's funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, 'Shut up and sing,'" Perry continued. "Boy, will I do so in a whole new way ... next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN."

Could that all-caps REBORN be a hint of what her 2017 project might be called? We'll have to wait and see.

See Perry's full post below. 

 

Slowly, I am coming down from the beautiful cloud that was Tuesday night's @UNICEF Snowflake Ball. First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful to have received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from my hero @HillaryClinton. This award will be a constant reminder to get out of my bubble and back into the field to shine a light on issues that matter most, especially to illuminate the plight of vulnerable children who are living without basic human needs and rights. This honor is a starting line, not a finish line, for me, and I am excited for where my new ambition and purpose leads me! I was profoundly moved and thoroughly surprised when Hillary showed up to give me this award. I broke down and wept watching her take the stage. The last time I was in NYC was for Election Night. I left covered in a blanket of sadness and despair because for me, and I imagine others, the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions to the surface. I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness. I felt vulnerable, confused and frightened like a child. From the outside it probably looks as though I've always had a "voice." Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared. Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have. Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out. Feelings of despair still comes in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence. I am continually inspired by her strength and how she continues to rise like the Phoenix she is, every time. It's funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, "Shut up and sing." Boy, will I do so in a whole new way... next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.

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A version of this story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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