During Billboard's 2015 Women in Music outing on Dec. 11, Demi Lovato, who has shaken up her image as of late, was awarded the yearly "Rulebreaker" award during the ceremony that brought forth a performance of "Stone Cold."
"It's not intentional and that's what's awesome - people see it," Lovato said while receiving the award at New York's Cipriani Midtown, according to Billboard. "I'm excited to show people you can be yourself and people will appreciate it." The "Cool for the Summer" singer addressed the crowd, including music executives and fellow musicians, before delivering a strong rendition of her heartbreak power ballad, "Stone Cold."
"I'm not a public speaker by any means, I'm a singer, and so this might be a little awkward," she continued nervously. "because for the first time in my life and my career, I've grown to know who I am as a person and as an artist."
The "Skyscraper" singer delivered truthful words and tales about being left out as a child, sucker punching a boy who said "girls suck!" and coming together with her band prior to gigs, hoping that their music can brighten at least one person's day. Lovato has made it a point to make Confident her transition album, proving that she's now comfortable in her own skin, hoping to be an example for those struggling with their own issues.
Fifth Harmony presented Lovato with the Rulebreaker award, which was also accompanied by a video message from friend and fellow child star, "Levels" singer Nick Jonas. Fifth Harmony went on to win an award of their own for Group of the Year while Lady Gaga snagged the honor for Woman of the Year. Selena Gomez, who had her award presented to her by This Is 30 actor Paul Rudd, took home the title of Chart-Topper, E! notes. Billboard Women in Music 2015 will air on Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.