Selena Gomez attended Billboard's Women in Music event last night, where she received a special award for her efforts this year.
Gomez received the Woman of the Year Award for both her music and using her voice for good in 2017.
“Not only is Selena soaring on the charts, but she continuously inspires young women everywhere to be authentic, give back and to not be afraid to use their voice,” John Amato, president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, told Billboard. “She is never afraid to speak her mind and has used her platform to advocate for the needs of others. We are thrilled to be able to honor her as our Woman of the Year.”
The singer brought a date — but it wasn't rumored boyfriend, Justin Bieber. Instead, she brought BFF Francia Raisa along, which is only fitting as Raisa was an important part of her story this year.
In October, the 25-year-old revealed she had needed a kidney transplant due to complications from her lupus, and Raisa had quickly jumped at the opportunity to help and donate her kidney.
Raisa, an actress herself, rightfully presented Gomez with the award.
She detailed how the two met, discussing their special connection and the emotional journey of donating her kidney to Gomez.
Gomez tearfully approached the stage and immediately declared that it should be Raisa receiving the award.
"To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award, because she saved my life," she insisted.
She went on to say how thankful she is to have the opportunity to use her platform for a good cause.
Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful for the position I've been given in my career from 7 to 14 to now," she said through tears. "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."
She even took the opportunity to shout out every woman who has come before her in the industry.
"I've never felt this proud to be a woman in the industry than I do today... I'm so grateful for all the older women who have lifted all of us up because I couldn't be here without any of you," she said.