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Shania Twain proved simply what makes her a Music Icon when she accepted that prize and carried out a medley of her hits at Tuesday’s (Dec. 6) Individuals’s Alternative Awards.

One of many highlights of her efficiency — which included her breakthrough 1995 Billboard Scorching 100 hit “Any Man of Mine,” her crossover late-’90s pop smashes “That Don’t Impress Me A lot” and “Man! I Really feel Like a Lady!,” and her newest single “Waking Up Dreaming” — is when the pink-haired singer swapped the well-known spoken-word “Brad Pitt” line from “Impress” for a fellow Canadian star.

“OK, so that you’re Ryan Reynolds!” she stated sassily because the cameras lower to the stunned Deadpool star, who was available to simply accept the Individuals’s Icon award later within the night. Reynolds mouthed, “Oh my God, me?!” from the viewers.

Along with the efficiency, Twain additionally gave a heartfelt acceptance speech as she accepted the Music Icon award from her good friend, actor Billy Porter.

“Am I dreaming? I actually am, I feel,” she stated to start out. “Thanks a lot for presenting me with this award and for highlighting my work as having a big affect. I’m undecided if that’s the fitting factor to say, however that’s all the time my want: to encourage folks with my music. I all the time miss my mom proper now at these moments in life. She would have beloved watching her little lady dwelling this second proper now. However my followers, my mates, my crew – you’re the ones who actually fill that house. Not my mom’s house, however you’re right here with me and also you’re celebrating, we’re celebrating collectively, and also you’ve made me really feel beloved and particular my entire working life. And I’ll all the time be glad about that, thanks.

“From a really younger age, I turned to songwriting as a type of escapism,” she added. “That is my go-to place. It by no means occurred to me how highly effective lyrics can grow to be once you’re in a position to file them and share them with the entire world. It’s a fantastic honor to be revered as a songwriter. However the greatest honor for me is realizing folks have discovered power and inspiration in what i’ve to sing, in my work. So thanks, I like you for that.”

She additionally highlighted her position as a style icon, noting that early in her profession, she was simply piecing outfits along with what she had. “I simply went to my closet and picked out no matter I had, or went to a division retailer and picked out the funds issues, as a result of I didn’t have a giant funds. With that, a pointy pair of scissors and a giant creativeness, i simply lower and pulled and chopped … and hoped for the very best.”

Twain ended the speech with some phrases of inspiration for her younger followers. “I simply need to say: Giddy-up, children. Embrace your individuality and your loopy concepts. Simply be courageous. Let’s keep in mind, there’s energy in numbers, we’re on this collectively, love is love, and when a door slams in your face, take a freaking run and leap at your door and kick it down! You received’t remorse it.

“All I’ve to say is: Be the queen of you,” she concluded, tipping a cowgirl hat to her upcoming sixth studio album, Queen of Me, due Feb. 3, 2023.

Watch Twain’s full efficiency and speech beneath:


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