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Selena Gomez knows she’s in a new chapter of her life and work.
While introducing Gomez at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event, Paul Rudd — who worked on a movie with Gomez last year — praised her kindness and her art, highlighting her new song “Good for You” and more.
Before accepting the honor, Gomez performed a gorgeous slowed-down version of her new single “Same Old Love,” backed by strings and a piano.
“Thank you for supporting me not just with this record but all the time,” Gomez said in her speech. “This album in particular was such a transition for me. I have so much more to prove,” she said discussing how proud she was of Revival, before going on to thank her team.
Billboard‘s Women in Music aired on Lifetime Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Read her full speech below:
Thank you so much. I want to thank Janice Min and everyone at Billboard for supporting me for not just this record but for all the times that I wanted to create something special and stumbling along the way, figuring out what my sound was. This album in particular was such a transition record for me, and I have so much still to prove and work on, but I would not be here if I couldn’t do what I love without you guys. Thank you so much to my team — Sarah Newkirk, (Elink Shishiin?), Zach Morgan Roth, John Janick at Interscope, Aaron Bay Schuck, they completely gave me the freedom to do what I love, and I didn’t really know what that was at first and they stuck with me for a year figuring out what that was and I’m very thankful, so thank you very much.
This story first appeared on billboard.com
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