Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at UNICEF’s Snowflake Ball Tuesday in New York to honor Katy Perry, one of the Democratic nominee’s biggest celebrity supporters, with the program’s Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Clinton’s participation was unannounced going into Tuesday night’s gala.
“On a personal level, I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be here to help celebrate … a global megastar, a social media queen with the most Twitter followers in the world – although she’s getting some competition – and someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up,” Clinton said before presenting Perry with the award, which acknowledges charitable efforts on behalf of UNICEF, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
“I have seen Katy’s commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand. I’ve gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place,” Clinton added. “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,” a reference to “Roar,” which Perry performed at the Democratic National Convention.
Perry first endorsed Clinton for president in October 2015 and campaigned for the candidate at numerous fundraisers and rallies.
“I’ve always had a voice – a singing voice – but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before,” an emotional Perry said following Clinton’s speech. “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.”
Perry took one subtle swipe at President-elect Donald Trump during her acceptance speech, quipping that, “Even though I’ve only been on a few field visits, I’m happy I’ve helped highlight the effects of climate change, which is real.” Trump has previously questioned the science behind climate change and has threatened to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.