Hillary Clinton might be getting used to surprises. In the days after her upset in the presidential election, children chalked messages of gratitude outside her former campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. On Thanksgiving morning, supporters let Clinton know that what they were most thankful for that holiday was her.
But the former Democratic presidential candidate made sure she was the one doing the surprising when she made an unannounced appearance at the UNICEF Snowflake Gala to present singer Katy Perry with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.
Clinton was introduced to a standing ovation at the event and chants of "Still with Her." After Clinton's speech, Perry accepted the award with tears in her eyes and jokingly asked for a Kleenex.
Perry was an outspoken advocate for Clinton during her presidential campaign, including officially endorsing Clinton at a rally in Pennsylvania. Clinton referred to the singer as "someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up," at the UNICEF gala held annually to raise money for the nonprofit.
"I've gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place," said Clinton, writes CNN. "She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them... We need champions like Katy now more than ever."
Before she was named a Goodwill Ambassador in 2013, Perry traveled with UNICEF to Madagascar to work on education and nutrition programs in the country. The superstar also donated a portion of the money made during her 2014 world tour to the charity.
During her acceptance speech, Perry credited Clinton with inspiring her in her work. "I've always had a voice, a singing voice, but I've never had a voice like I've had before," she said. "Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter."
Watch a clip of Perry's speech at the event below.
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