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Madonna's emotional speech on feminism earns props from Gaga

Madonna attends the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music honors at Pier 36 on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in New York. Billboard Women in Music 2016 will air Dec. 12 on Lifetime. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna's emotional speech in support of feminism at Billboard's Women in Music awards has earned kudos from Lady Gaga.

Madonna opened her remarks after accepting the Woman of the Year award by thanking the audience for acknowledging her 34-year career in the face of what she called, "blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse." She called herself a "bad feminist" who didn't deny her sexuality.

Lady Gaga told Madonna on Twitter Monday night that her speech was "inspiring" and added, "You're so brave & strong. Thanks for being that for us girls we need that."

The ceremony was Friday and was broadcast Monday night on Lifetime.

Lady Gaga has regularly been compared to Madonna, which has caused friction between the pair, and they have also criticised each other in interviews in recent years - especially after Lady Gaga was accused of ripping off Madonna's Express Yourself with her 2011 track Born This Way.

The 58-year-old pop icon, who is yet to respond to the tweet, spoke about the "blatant sexism and misogyny and constant abuse" she has experienced in her 34 years in the music industry.

She also candidly spoke about being raped at knifepoint after first moving to New York as a teenager, defying the mean critics and being called "a whore and a witch.”

"One headline compared me to Satan,” she recalled on stage. “I thought, ‘Wait a minute, isn’t Prince running around with fishnets and high heels and lipstick with his butt hanging out?’ Yes, he was. This was when I understood women do not have the same freedom as men.”

She also thanked her haters, adding, "Your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am. It made me the woman that I am today."

Lady Gaga, 30, recently went public with her battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which she has suffered from ever since she was raped at 19 years old.

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