“To all the mean kids at school who made fun of me for singing ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman,'” said Nick Jonas, before presenting Shania Twain with the Icon award at Billboard’s 2016 Women in Music.
“I think I was 3 when I realized this was what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life,” said Twain, now 51, in the video preceding her award. For the Billboard Women in Music, Twain spoke about working on new music for an upcoming album that would be her first since 2002’s Up!
It wasn’t all sunny, though — Twain spoke about her empathy for Meghan Trainor, who was not able to take her prize in person after being placed on vocal rest, and for Kesha, who had merely given a moving speech about her public battles with mental health and former producer Dr. Luke. “I want to thank Kesha for being so open-hearted,” said Twain. “This is what songwriting is really all about.”
Regardless of the fact she was accepting the Icon award, Twain attempted to emphasize that she was only human. “I don’t always feel brave, I don’t always feel courageous and confident,” she said. “But on a day like today, celebrating women who have come so far in the industry — we all know the only way to get here is by dreaming, working really, really hard, and being courageous.”
Twain closed out her speech by thanking the guys that have supported her through her career; as she said it, laughing, “I want to say behind every great woman is a great man…but then there’s an even greater woman.”