Ellen DeGeneres already has an impressive collection of awards, and she added one to her collection on Sunday night as she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian.
She took the opportunity to impart yet more words of wisdom to the young audience there: “I wanna say also it feels good to be chosen, but there was a time in my life that I was not chosen. I was the opposite of chosen because I was different, and I think I wanna make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life. You should be proud of being different, proud of who you are.”
This is definitely a tactic that has worked well for Ellen, as her popular daytime talk show is now on it’s 13th season and she is a very popular icon in the LGBT community.
“The most important thing I wanna say is just really embrace who you are, because being unique is very, very important and fitting in is not all that matters. It’s being unique and being who you are. And what an amazing day this is, this is my seven-year wedding anniversary, so happy anniversary.”
Ellen certainly won out against some tough competition in her category, as she was up against Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez and Amy Schumer.
“I’m honored to be in that category,’ she said. ‘There were some hilarious people, and so thank you very much. … You know, they say teens make bad decisions, but you made a very good decision tonight by choosing me. That was smart, smart, smart. All of you.”
You can watch her speech below.