MTV Video Vanguard Award Speech lyrics by
"I know I don't have a lot of time, but if I may tell you a quick story. Recently, I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me, out of the blue, 'Mama?' I said, 'Yes, baby?' She said, 'I'm the ugliest girl I know.' And I said, 'Huh?' And she was like, 'Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.' And my brain went to, "Oh my god, you're 6. Why? Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old's ass, like what?"
But I didn't say anything. And instead, I went home and I made a Powerpoint presentation for her. And in that presentation, were androgynous rockstars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of thеir life, and carry on, and wave their flag, and inspirе the rest of us. And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John, so many artists — there was, her eyes glazed over. But then I said, 'You know, I really wanna know why you feel this way about yourself.' And she said, 'Well I look like a boy,' and I said, 'Well what do you think I look like?' And she said, 'Well, you're beautiful.' And I was like, 'Well, thanks. But when people make fun of me, it's, that's what they use. They say I look like a boy or I'm too masculine or I have too many opinions, I, my body is too strong.
And I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'No, Mama.' I said, 'Do you see me changing my body?' 'No, Mama.' 'Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?' 'No, Mama.' 'Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?' 'Yes, Mama.' 'OK! So, baby girl. We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.' And you, my darling girl, are beautiful, and I love you. Thank you, guys."