If you woke up to your social media feeds being hijacked by the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, you're not alone! While many artists made headlines for their wins as well as their red-carpet looks, nobody can stop talking about Lady Gaga's acceptance speech after winning the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. And with good reason!
When Gaga took to the stage to collect her award for her song Shallow from the blockbuster movie, A Star Is Born, she began by thanking God, her family and her co-star Bradley Cooper. After that, she went on to point out how proud she was to be part of a film that addresses mental health issues. She said, "They (mental health issues) are so important. A lot of artists deal with that. And we've got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away. And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you. I love you, thank you so much."
Watch her speech here:
— Ryan | Lady Gaga 🏳️🌈 (@ryanleejohnson) February 11, 2019
Gaga has always been a strong advocate for mental health, never hesitating to talk freely about her own struggles. In October 2018, in an essay she co-wrote with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization for The Guardian, she said, "One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives, and if we’re not directly affected, someone we care for is likely to be."
She highlighted the importance of reaching out to people instead of being consumed by shame, "Despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources. Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering."
Kudos to Lady Gaga for using her platform to speak up about an extremely sensitive yet paramount issue! Be it Gaga at the Grammys or Deepika Padukone back home, we hope that celebrities opening about their own mental health struggles will inspire and enable those who grapple with similar issues to seek the help they need.
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