Billboard has called Selena Gomez the most influential singer in the world

Kelvin Reese
December 3, 2017

And in last night's speech, she cited her friend and donor Francia Raisa as the reason she was able to appear at the show at all.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran presented the award to Greenwald, calling her "a warrior and a tank".

"I've never felt as proud to be a women in the industry than I do today", Gomez said while adding how crucial it is that voices "are being heard for the fist time".

The pop star was given the award from her best friend Francia Raisa who had donated a kidney to Gomez over the summer as she required a transplant in her battle against lupus.

In September, Gomez revealed in a vulnerable Instagram post that - as effect of her lupus (she was diagnosed in 2013) - she was forced to undergo emergency kidney transplant surgery earlier this year. The former Fifth Harmony member performed her sultry single "Havana", which hit No. 1 on Billboard's pop songs charts this week.

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Selena Gomez has debuted some fantastic new music this year, even while she has battled for her life.

In Los Angeles hosted the award ceremony of the Billboard Women in Music. "I have the best people around me and I am surrounded by good people, but at the end of the day, you're the one that's gotta pick yourself up sometimes and I really feel like I've done a lot of work to do that".

"That time for me was so painful and really hard and very lonely".

"I don't know how I'll repay it, maybe I'll make an epic album for you guys and everyone else", she said in her speech teasing new music. The 25-year-old faced serious (and understandable) backlash, because the 82-year-old was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was just seven years old. In acting and in film, you're around a much more stable community.

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