Selena Gomez recieved the Billboard Woman of the Year award at the Billboard Women in Music event last night. While she might have won one of the most coveted awards of the night, she wasn’t the only Latina to shine. One of the biggest nights for women in music drew in some of the hottest Latina musicians and they definitely represented.
Camila Cabello took home the award for Breakthrough Artist.
“I’d just like to say, the only reason that I’m standing here on this stage, in this auditorium, and on this soil and in this country is because of one woman, and that’s my mom,” Cabello said in her acceptance speech. “Tonight, we’re celebrating women of this year and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the woman of my life.”
Cabello then shared how her mother made the journey from Cuba to the U.S. for a better life. Cabello told the crowd that her mother, like many Cuban immigrants, made their way off the island with just the clothes on their back and a dream of a better future. The entirety of Cabello’s speech is simply her thanking her mother for making the ultimate sacrifices to give her the life she enjoys today.
Cabello also performed a stripped down version of “Havana” that you just have to hear.
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Kehlani proudly took home the Rule Breaker award.
“Being acknowledged for breaking rules in a positive light, is so important to me because my entire career I’ve been very outspoken,” Kehlani told the crowd. “Whether it be something that goes on in politics or something that goes on socially, I just have to speak up. It hits me in the gut.”
And her performance of “Honey” is so spellbinding.
She gave queer women of color a rare moment of visibility with her song. Now, that is def something that should be honored.
And finally, Francia Raisa and Selena Gomez showed everyone what true friendship looks like.
“We’ve shared every high, every low, every success, and every failure together,” Raisa said while introducing Gomez. “Our Latina sisterhood has connected us professionally and personally. She is my biggest champion and best cheerleader and I hers.”