Halsey had a great night. She kicked off the show with a performance of her hit single “Without Me,” then was joined on stage by Travis Barker and her boyfriend, Youngblood, for a rendition of “11 Minutes.” The crowd went wild when Rock Star Halsey was born. Later in the show, Halsey was presented with the L’Oreal Paris FanGirls Award by actress Elle Fanning. Per iHeartRadio, “the prestigious award that is all about women bettering the world to the 24-year-old singer, who is not only a champion for women, but also an advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, sexual assault victims, and the LGBTQ+ community.”
“It seems really fitting that the name of this award would be the fangirl award,” Halsey said in her powerful acceptance speech. “I think that the word fangirl for a long time has been used in a very derogatory sense. I think if a young woman likes something then in the eyes of the rest of the world that makes it stupid or it makes it unimportant or invalid, but as a former fangirl and as a person who is lucky enough to have fans of their own, I know that it is very much the opposite actually.”
Halsey then jumped on Twitter to offer another positive message. “Thank you guys so much for this moment. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel stupid for putting your heart into something. Passion is a wonderful thing. @iHeartRadio #LOrealParis,” she wrote.