The 36-year-old, who was honoured with the prestigious Vanguard Award, didn't say too much, but her speech was enough to "break the show", host Wanda Sykes declared. The award was presented to the singer by Ricky Martin, who noted that Spears "uses her platform to remind audiences around the globe that intolerance is unacceptable".
"We need to be united, because Laverne Cox's struggle may look different than mine, but the pain we feel is the same", she said. "Events like this show the world that we are not alone", she said as she became emotional. You know what I mean?
"I'd be like, 'Can we do an Instagram fashion show please?"
While backstage, the GRAMMY victor paused to pose with Winter Olympics medalists Gus Kentworthy and Adam Rippon, who walked the red carpet together, joined by Kentworthy's longtime boyfriend, Matthew Wilkas.More news: Bryant was not asked to take pay cut before release
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During the Pyeongchang Games, Britney also tweeted Gus Kenworthy, who reunited with Rippon last night at the awards show. Parsons spoke of being nervous while applying to grad schools in the late 90s, the era of teenage Britney Spears. Laila Ireland and El Cook, two subjects in the GLAAD-funded documentary TransMilitary, also took the stage to speak out against the looming ban of trans men and women in the military.
But the ... Baby One More Time video gave him all the encouragement he could have desired.
He shared, "I remember watching (Britney) dance-walk down that school hallway in that Catholic school uniform with those cute little pigtails". You go out there and do it like Britney, and you get it'.
Thanking everyone involved in honouring her, the singer reiterated her gratitude.