Honestly the one award show I look forward to watching every year is the AMA’s because it is always the most entertaining for me. Usually I stop watching award shows half way through because they start to get boring, or maybe I really just don’t have the attention span to sit still for that long…but nonetheless, this year’s performers were fantastic. The Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd were my personal favourites!
HOWEVER, what really captured my attention was nothing music related at all, it was actually Selena Gomez’s acceptance speech where she said,
“In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically 100 percent honest with all of you. I think it’s safe to say most of you know my life whether I liked it or not. And I had to stop. Because I had everything. And I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down. I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” Gomez said, pointing to her heart. “I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say is I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every day with people that I love. I have to say thank you so much to my fans, because you guys are so damn loyal, and I don’t know what I did to deserve you. But if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. That’s one thing you should know about me: I care about people. And this is for you” (EONLINE).
This really hit home for me, because I think our society is so obsessed with living for the approval of other people. We base our worth off of how many “likes” we get on Instagram. We look at the numbers of views/favourites/likes to determine our happiness. THIS IS SO MESSED UP, but we are all guilty of it. I know I definitely am. Which I think we need to take a step back, and look at our intentions for our actions. Why do we post photos? Who are we really trying to please?
I think taking a break from the industry was the best thing Selena could have ever done. The world can perceive you in a particular way, but all that matters is how you perceive yourself. Coming from a celebrity who has everything fame could buy, this is a perfect example of how important ‘self-love’ is.
I know that phrase is somewhat cringey and corny to say, but it is truly important. We are taught so many subjects and topics at school, but we were never taught how to love ourselves. This is something I know I haven’t fully grasped at twenty-three, and I am so happy that Selena Gomez brought this up. I hope her acceptance speech sparked some conversation and influenced somebody as much as it did me.