The 61st Grammy Awards took place in Hollywood on Sunday night, and once again mental health had its moment in the spotlight in the music industry.
Lady Gaga, who accepted the award for Best Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration Shallow with Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, used the moment to speak about mental health awareness.
Gaga was visibly emotional and expressed her gratitude of working on a film where mental health played such a prominent role.
“I’m so proud to be part of a film that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important,” she said.
“And 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.”
“if you see somebody that’s hurting don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even if 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”
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Gaga also thanked her co-star and the film’s director Bradley Cooper, who missed the ceremony to attend the BAFTAs.
“I wish Bradley was here with me right now,” she said.
“I know he wants to be here. Bradley, I loved singing this song with you.”
Fans on Twitter praised the star for speaking so openly about the issue.
“Lady Gaga using her Grammys speech to talk about mental health and our need to take care of each other was another gift A Star Is Born has given us,” one person wrote.
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Another said: “Powerful words on mental health tonight from @ladygaga.”
Gaga is no stranger to speaking about mental health issues.
At the Patron of the Artists Awards in November, she delivered a speech saying: “When I speak about mental health, especially when I’m speaking about mine, it is often met with quietness.
“Or maybe, a somber line of fans, waiting outside to whisper to me in the shadows about their darkest secrets. We need to bring mental health into the light.”