Jaws dropped Friday as Rihanna successfully beat N.Y.C.’s subway grates in a pair of glittery black Miu Miu pumps like no other, but that wasn't the “Work” singer's only accomplishment that day. She also received the Rock Star Award at BET’s Black Girls Rock! event—and the empowering speech she delivered at the ceremony, which aired Tuesday night, was the ultimate example of #winning.
After taking the stage, Rihanna calmly expressed her gratitude for the award and revealed who truly inspires her. “I really owe my thank you’s to my mom, the strongest black woman I know, my grandmother, who is, I mean, 20-times stronger than my mother. So she raised my mom, my mom raised me, hopefully one day I’ll be raising my own little black girl who rocks,” she candidly told the audience, moving on to explain how being herself is what keeps her going.
“This world is so big and it can be so confusing at times that you tend to forget and you tend to be so indented or tainted by society and the only thing that’s kept me going is being myself and the minute you learn to love yourself, you would not want to be anybody else,” she added.
The headline-making star also joked about how many don’t necessarily consider her a role model. “That’s why tonight is so important to me because I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle ... that is it. Just be yourself, it’s the easiest thing to be,” she said.
Watch the full speech above and prepare to be moved.