We all know that Taylor Swift is a classy, conscientious woman, and tonight, she was honored yet again for it. Taylor Swift was presented with the Ripple of Hope Award, which is given to individuals who “reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to ‘make gentle the life of this world,’” according to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Past honorees have included President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, George Clooney and Vice President Al Gore.
Not only is Taylor the youngest person to be honored with such a prestigious award, but the Kennedy family couldn’t say enough nice things about her: “Taylor Swift is just the kind of woman we want our daughters to be,” said Kerry Kennedy. Taylor was gracious as well as she complimented Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, “my good friend Ethel Kennedy is the one that inspires me to embrace the unpredictability of life.”
Also that night, Taylor performed “Starlight,” a song she wrote about Ethel and Bobby Kennedy when they were seventeen years old. You can watch a clip of Taylor performing “Starlight” below as well as pictures from her performance below and images of Taylor at the gala accepting the Ripple of Hope award courtesy of tswiftdaily.tumblr.com.