The music industry is a “f***ing boy’s club, said Lady Gaga.
Gaga was recently given the honor of being Woman of The Year at this year’s Billboard Women in Music event in New York. In an emotional speech, the 29-year-old singer gave her two cents on how she feels about being a female recording artist today.
“It’s really hard sometimes for women in music,” she said. “It’s like a f**king boys club that we just can’t get into.”
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, was introduced by her proud mother Cynthia Germanotta on stage.
She adds: “Women provide a wisdom to music that is very unique and special. It is a perspective no one else can have because we bear life. And because we go through things no one else goes through. And because it’s right. Because we’re all equal,” she continued.
Meanwhile, another influential artist who received an award and delivered another emotional speech is Missy Elliott, who received the Innovator of the Year honor. “I stand here for all the women who been told you don’t fit the mold,” she said. “Look at me, I’m here.”
Elliott, who cried during her speech, has recently made a comeback after staying out of the spotlight for many years. Her recent release is called “WTF” (Where They From).
“I was that kid that used to write on my mother’s walls … I just had songs written all over the walls … (and) as time went on I realized I was different and unique and not a follower,” Elliott said. “I’ve had my ups and downs, there’s times I’ve wanted to give up, but God had another plan for me and if it had not been for him, I would not be standing here.”
She also paid tribute to the late Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001. “Aaliyah, I hope you’re looking down and proud of me,” she said.