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Variety Toasts Power of Women at Annual Luncheon

“Well, you know, sometimes in this business you just gotta do things that you’re not proud of.”
Kacey Musgraves was onstage inside Cipriani 42nd Street, recounting the verbatim response from a conversation she’d had with “a grown man, one that runs a company” ahead of the release of her first single, “Merry Go ‘Round,” in 2013. He didn’t think the song was upbeat enough. It wasn’t enough of a crowd-pleaser.
“And I said, ‘That’s where you and me are very different,’” Musgraves continued to recall. She held her ground and released the song anyway. Later, it would win a Grammy for best country song. The crowd inside Cipriani responded with enthusiastic applause.
It was just one of the many vignettes told onstage by this year’s honorees at the Variety Power of Women luncheon, highlighting — yes — the power of women, of authenticity, and of standing for a cause. Musgraves was honored for her support of the Grammy Museum; Gigi Hadid was recognized for her support of UNICEF.
“I feel resentment toward social media at times, but as I documented my trip with UNICEF, I understood the true value: someone is listening,” Hadid said, recounting her experience visiting a Rohingya refugee camp in Myanmar

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