What Selena Gomez Is Most Grateful For


Selena Gomez was honored with the Independent Spirit Award Monday night in New York City at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards, where she was celebrated not just for her success in the film and music industries, but for being the youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador for UNICEF at 20 years old.

"Especially in this time going on, I'm really blessed to have this opportunity," she told ET. "I mean, honestly I don't do my work with UNICEF for the recognition, but any time you're able to kind of get the word out, it just makes what I do even more enjoyable."

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, she also revealed what she is most grateful for.

"My family's always there," she smiled.

Mary J. Blige was also on hand to present awards to Olympic gold medalists Gabrielle Douglas and Missy Franklin, where she shared that she's especially inspired by the teenage champions.

"I'm so happy to be presenting an award to the women of the Olympics -- I was really glued to the TV last summer watching," she laughed. "I mean, I was amazed at how amazing they are."

Another woman honored just to be presenting an award was Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, who attended the event to honor the late writer Nora Ephron. Nixon also revealed on the red carpet what she was most grateful for -- and it turns out it's President Obama's recent win.

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"At the moment I am most thankful about the election, that it turned out the way it did," she said. "There are many things that I'm thankful for 365 days of the year, bur right now the election seems to be uppermost."

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