Last month, we reported that Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams was to be honoured with the first-ever Trailblazer Award at the Billboard Women in Music awards ceremony.
The ceremony took place last night (December 12th) in New York City, and Hayley was indeed honoured with the award, but she confessed during her speech that she was nervous.
When the award was first announced last month, Billboard explained exactly what it meant to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award.
They explained that the award is given to a, “standout female artist who breaks from convention to make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent”.
At the time, when she was confirmed as the first recipient of the award, the fiery-haired performer couldn’t believe that she was being honoured in this way, and evidently, her shock hasn’t yet worn off.
After she was handed the award last night in New York, Williams confessed that she had had to write her speech down, fearing that she would forget what she’d been going to say if she made eye contact with Beyoncé.
“Thank you for having me. I wrote my speech down because I was afraid I would make eye contact with Beyonce and forget everything,” she joked.
The ‘Still Into You’ songstress went on to say: “This the greatest honour I could receive, because this is the legacy I want to leave.”
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) December 12, 2014
Hayley continued: “To be in a band with my two best friends and never do anything that was something we didn’t want to do.
“It’s an amazing and powerful thing to be celebrated for who you are. There are a lot of girls who never feel that way, and I want to spend my life making them seen and heard.”
Following the ceremony, Hayley took to Twitter to show her appreciation and said: “Congrats to every woman who was in the room today! Thanks again @billboard for honoring my journey in the industry over the last decade.”
Who do you think will win the next Trailblazer Award when the ceremony comes around again next year? Let us know in the comments below.