Lady Gaga Receives SAG-AFTRA Award and Delivers Emotional Speech

SAG-AFTRA Foundation honored pop sensation Lady Gaga at this year’s Patron of the Artists Awards, and she delivered another moving speech during the ceremony. The singer-turned-actor called on Hollywood to provide better mental health support for people in the showbiz.

Mother Monster used her passionate speech to warn people of a “mental health crisis” we’re going through as a society and detailed her own personal struggles during a 23-minute long speech.

She invited representatives of SAG-AFTRA to team up with her Born This Way Foundation, and make Hollywood a better place by providing more sufficient mental health programs for its members.

“I wish there had been a system in place to protect and guide me, a system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do, a system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic work environments or working with people who were of seriously questionable character,” said Lady Gaga in her speech.

The A Star Is Born actress wasn’t the only person honored at the third annual SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards. The list of recipients also included actor Harrison Ford, filmmaker Spike Lee, and DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg.