"I think Francia should be getting this award", Gomez said with tears in her eyes. "She is my biggest champion and my best cheerleader, and I hers. I'm so grateful, I'm so humbled, I'm so thankful", Blige said onstage while accepting her award.
Gomez revealed on Instagram in September that she had received a kidney transplant, explaining she had not been able to promote her music over the summer as, "I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering".
"My kidneys were just done". That Q&A (read it here) generated several intention-setting mantras, including "I want to live a life that's worth living" and "I'm actually grateful for who I am".
Meanwhile, if she wanted to cover up her scar, she could, but doesn't plan to just yet: "When I look at my body now, I just see life". "Seeing all these women come up here tonight and say these handsome speeches with their awards is so inspiring", she told the crowd, then paying tribute to those who have helped her get to that point. "It was a very humbling experience".
Gomez also said her surgery has made her reevaluate how she was making decisions, encouraging her to focus on herself and what was best for her, not other people.
"I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be a part of something great, I wanted people to feel great", the singer added.
Speaking to Billboard - who have named her their Woman of the Year - she said: "A positive thing and change in the music industry has been the women. Maybe I'll make an epic album next year for you guys and everyone else".