'She saved my life': Selena Gomez breaks down in tears as she dedicates award to her kidney donor Francia Raisa at Billboard's Women In Music
- Selena was named Woman Of The Year by Billboard
- The star said in an emotional speech her friend and kidney donor Francia should be getting the honor instead of her?
- Talking through tears, the 25-year-old said: 'I think Francia should be getting this award. She saved my life… I feel incredibly lucky.'?
- Selena surprised many with the news of her transplant on September 14 by sharing a photograph of her and Francia in their hospital gowns holding hands
- According to the singer Francia volunteered to donate an organ without being asked?
She literally saved her life.
Selena, who was named Woman Of The Year, was presented with the honor by Raisa and Elle Fanning.
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Emotional: Selena Gomez broke down in tears as she thanked her kidney donor best friend Francia Raisa at the Billboard Women Of The Year awards in Los Angeles Thursday
Talking through tears, the 25-year-old said: 'I think Francia should be getting this award. She saved my life… I feel incredibly lucky.'
'Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful for the position that I've been given in my career from 7 to 14 to now.
'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.'??
Forever grateful: Selena hugged her friend after receiving the award?
BFF:?Selena, who was named Woman Of The Year, was presented with her honor by Raisa and Elle Fanning
Looking on: Elle and Francia looked on as Selena vowed to respect her platform
'I think Francia should be getting this award,' the 25-year-old said through tears. 'She saved my life… I feel incredibly lucky.'
Selena went on to note how she recently went through some really 'hard times'.
She said: 'I feel like for me, with my music, I've been able to illustrate the things that I want.
'And I'm reminded by a team of people who believe in me even when I don't myself and I couldn't be more luckier.'?
Come on up here! Ciara also honored the singer onstage
Proud: Selena promised to make a great album the following year
Touching: The group of ladies all seemed deeply emotional?
And Francia was 'really honoured' for The 13 Reasons Why executive producer at the ceremony, as she later gushed over how proud she was of her best friend.
She told Billboard Online: 'I'm really honoured to do this for her tonight. I was just glad I was able to do. I'm glad I was a match. She's standing here and being honoured and I've seen her career continue to soar, it's amazing.'
Selena's title has previously been picked up by Taylor Swift, as well as fellow musicians including, Beyonce, Pink and Fergie.?
So emotional! Selena looked to be feeling a mixture of emotions during the evening
Thick and thin:?She went on to note how she recently went through some really 'hard times'
Unbreakable bond: The trio later posed backstage
Honored: Selena smiled with genuine feeling as she was called up to the stage
Besties:?Selena posed up with Raisa on the red carpet earlier that night
Show off your shoulders in a strapless bodysuit like Selena
When it comes to style, Selena Gomez isn't afraid to take chances. And that's just what she did when she walked the red carpet at the Billboard Women In Music event in LA.
The sultry singer pulled a look from Versace's Spring 2018 runway show that consisted of a strapless bodysuit, slashed high-waisted leather pants and a leather belt with an eye-catching gold buckle.
The bodysuit craze is still going strong so now is the time to tap into the trend. Selena's shows plenty of decolletage with its curved neckline for a look that oozes sex appeal.
It's not available to purchase online just yet so in the meantime get the look below from Boohoo, NBD, TC Shapewear and Forever 21.
Team with a leather mini skirt and ankle boots for date night or cocktails with the girls!
All good? The best friends appeared to check one another over before their photo op
Although the Bad Liar singer does not know how she can 'repay' anyone after picking up the gong, she has vowed to create an 'epic album' next year.
She concluded her speech: 'I don't know how I'll ever repay it but maybe I'll make an epic album next year.'?
Earlier that evening, the pair looked sultry and full of zest as they posed up a storm on the pre-event red carpet.?
Best friends: Selena and Francia stuck together on the carpet
Hell bent for leather: She stunned in a pair of high-waisted leather trousers
Simply the bust: And she completed her adventurous look with a racy bustier
Star of the show: There was an explosion of flashbulbs when she posed on the red carpet
Bonding experience:?Selena revealed news of her transplant on September 14 by sharing a photograph of her and Francia in their hospital gowns
The 25-year-old singer, who is back in the arms of lover Justin Bieber, stunned in a pair of high-waisted leather trousers, which she twinned with a revealing black bustier.?
Her pal meanwhile opted to dazzle in a more ostentatious sparkling blue gown.?
Selena surprised many with the news of her transplant on September 14 by sharing a photograph of her and Francia in their hospital gowns holding hands to her 128 million Instagram followers.?
Long train: Ciara flashed her toned puns in an elaborate top with a long train
Short skirt: The 32-year-old's outfit also included a little black skirt
Award winners: Kelly Clarkson and Camila Cabello teamed up on the carpet
The Wizards Of Waverly Place star believes she would have died had it not been for Raisa, who volunteered to give one of her kidneys when Selena's went into failure in May.
The star, who has had a well-documented battle with Lupus, previously said: 'It was really kind of life or death.
'My kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life.
'That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it.'
Kill Em With Kindness: The singer seemed to be enjoying her posing session
Idol winner: American Idol winner Kelly won the Powerhouse award
Teen talent: Grace Vanderwaal was honored at the ceremony
Guest presenter: Heidi Klum presented Grace with the Rising Star Award
Raisa agreed to donate her organ on the spot.
Explaining her decision, she said: '(Selena) goes, "I don't know what to do. The list is seven to ten years long."
'And it just vomited out of me. I was like, "Of course I'll get tested.'''
They grew even closer during the lengthy recovery process, which left the two with little to do but sit or lay around as their bodies healed from the surgery.?
Hollywood star: Taraji P. Henson wore a gorgeous green gown
Big belt: The actress cinched her dress with a big black belt
Silver dress: Kehlani shined in a silver dress which boasted offbeat shoulder pads
Special performance: The Oakland, California singer later changed into a crimson suit to perform for the star-studded crowd
BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC
Honorees at the 2017 Billboard Women in Music awards
Woman Of The Year
Rising Star Award
Mary J. Blige
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