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Hil­lary Clin­ton makes sur­prise ap­pear­ance at UNICEF gala

Katy Perry was the night’s big hon­ouree, but Hil­lary Clin­ton got the big­gest ova­tion as the for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date pre­sented the pop star with an award from UNICEF at Tues­day’s Snowflake Ball.

Clin­ton, who lost the re­cent elec­tion to Don­ald Trump, gave Perry the Au­drey Hep­burn Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award for her char­i­ta­ble ef­forts with the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Her ap­pear­ance at the event was a sur­prise, and Clin­ton got a sus­tained stand­ing ova­tion from the cheer­ing crowd.

She de­scribed Perry as some­one who has “the spirit and the en­ergy and the com­pas­sion that Au­drey Hep­burn brought to her work from UNICEF.”

She added that Perry had the most Twit­ter fol­low­ers, then jok­ingly added that she “might have some com­pe­ti­tion” — an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the ever-tweet­ing pres­i­dent-elect.

Clin­ton also said Perry’s lyrics “re­mind us when you get knocked down to get back up” — caus­ing more cheers to erupt in the au­di­ence.

Perry was a big sup­porter of the Demo­crat, who won the pop­u­lar vote, and even cam­paigned for her. She broke into tears when Clin­ton sur­prised her with her ap­pear­ance at the event.

In her ac­cep­tance speech, Perry cred­ited Clin­ton for help­ing use her voice for more than just her hits.

“Hil­lary has lit that voice in­side of me, and that light will never go out!” she shouted.

“It will get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hil­lary. You mo­ti­vate me and so many mil­lions of peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate you for your in­cred­i­ble work,” Perry said as the crowd gave Clin­ton an­other ova­tion.

Clin­ton has made only one other pub­lic ap­pear­ance at an event since con­ced­ing the race to Trump.

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