Last night at Billboard’s 2018 Women In Music event held
The legendary singer thanked Dua Lipa who presented her with the
She also thanked Billboard, pointing out, “I’ve been working with you guys all my life.”
“I always get asked, ‘What does it feel like to be an icon?’ I didn’t know how to answer that. See now?” she said, taking her Icon Award from Lipa, “I can hand them this and say, ‘Here, hold this.'”
She continued, “When I was starting, they [labels] had quotas of women they would sign. I actually did a showcase and the guy said to me, ‘Well, we got Debbie [Harry], Patti [Smith] — we got our quota of women.’ That’s where it was. I guess it’s kind of still like that, but you [fellow honorees] are kicking down doors and that is awesome. I strongly believed my whole life that sisterhood is a powerful thing. … We need to share our stories and stick together and promote each other. I stand on the shoulder of women who came before me, as you guys are standing on mine and others will come and stand on yours.”
“To all the women, please remember — we shouldn’t be against each other, we should help each other,” Lauper concluded.
Congratulations to her!