Hillary Clinton Honors Katy Perry with Surprise Speech at UNICEF Gala

Hillary Clinton Honors Katy Perry with Surprise Speech at UNICEF Gala

"We need champions like Katy now more than ever."

"We need champions like Katy now more than ever."

Text: William Defebaugh

Last night, Hillary Clinton made a special appearance at UNICEF's annual Snowflake Ball in New York City to surprise one of the evening's honorees, Katy Perry. Perry was one of Clinton's most outspoken supporters during this year's presidential election, so it was only fitting that the former candidate would return the favor. Clinton took the stage in a bright yellow pantsuit (because, what else?) to present the singer her Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, along with a heartfelt speech.

“I have seen Katy's commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand," Clinton said of Perry, who was immediately moved to tears. "I've gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place. She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them. We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.”

Perry, who has been an ambassador for UNICEF since 2013 and has raised over $1 million for the nonprofit, responded with mutual admiration: "I've always had a voice, a singing voice, but I've never had a voice like I've had before. Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people. We appreciate you for your incredible work and your heart.”

Credits: Cover image courtesy Jason Kempin/Getty Images for UNICEF

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