VIDEO: Madonna's Full Billboard Woman of the Year Award Speech!
Madonna‘s much-talked about Billboard Woman of the Year 2016 acceptance speech is finally here in its full glory!
The 58-year-old entertainer was honored at Billboard’s Women In Music 2016 Luncheon for many achievements this year – including extending her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time in 2016 – on Friday (December 9) in New York City.
Madonna was introduced by close pal Anderson Cooper who gave a heartfelt tribute to the queen of pop before she hit the stage to give her powerful speech, where she addressed sexism, misogyny, and feminism in the music industry.
“It’s not so much about receiving this award as it is having this opportunity to stand before you and say thank you,” Madonna said at the end of her speech. “Not only to the people who have loved and supported me along the way, you have no idea…you have no idea how much your support means. But to the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not – your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today. It made me the woman that I am today. So thank you.”
Watch the powerful speech in full below. . .
Madonna – Billboard Women In Music 2016