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The CFDA awards is fashion’s biggest award show where some of the most celebrated people in the fashion industry come together to celebrate each others achievements. One of the biggest awards of the night is the Fashion Icon award, which has been given to an illustrious list of fashion influencers including Rihanna and Lady Gaga and this year’s winner was none other than Beyonce.

The singer graced the red carpet with hubby Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, and gave an inspiring speech while trying to hold back tears as she shared how her grandmother used her skills as a seamstress to send her mother to catholic school and her mom used those same skills, along with her uncle who recently passed, to design all the clothing for Destiny’s Child due to fashion houses not wanting to dress them.

See the touching speech below.