Selena Gomez stuns at awards gala

Selena Gomez stuns at awards gala

Selena Gomez stuns at awards gala

"I think Francia should be getting this award", Gomez said with tears in her eyes.

"I feel incredibly lucky", Gomez said in her speech.

Selena - who received an organ from her friend Francia Raisa over the summer comments - previously praised her transplant as a "beautiful thing", and believes her operation has "made her" who she is now.

Gomez added, "Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful for the position that I've been given in my career from seven to 14 to now".

As this was a Women in Music event, Gomez's speech was heavily focused on females meaning she gracefully side-stepped any mentioned of Justin Bieber or The Weeknd. Selena, who is combating lupus, said, "This isn't going to be my last (battle)..."

Meanwhile, if she wanted to cover up her scar, she could, but doesn't plan to just yet: "When I look at my body now, I just see life".

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Watch her full Billboard interview (below)! "I have the best people around me and I am surrounded by good people, but at the end of the day, you're the one that's gotta pick yourself up sometimes and I really feel like I've done a lot of work to do that".

"Meaningful conversations remind you that it's all within where we are".

"I'm so proud and happy to be a part of the industry while it is changing in this way and I couldn't be more honoured to be a part of that".

Renee also spoke with Francia before she presented Selena with the Billboard honor.

Gomez's thanked her team, talked about the platform she has been given, and thanked the female artists who first paved the way for her to become a star.

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