NEW YORK—Katy Perry was the night’s big honoree, 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.