Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking at a Grassroots Organizing Event in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Dec., 2, 2015.
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December 3, 2015 12:19 PM EST

Hillary Clinton is coming out as a big pop music fan in a letter she wrote for Billboard‘s Women in Music issue, which honors the likes of Lady Gaga and Loretta Lynn.

“I’ve been listening to some of these women for years,” writes the presidential hopeful, who recently had Katy Perry join her at a campaign rally. “Others I recently discovered. Now I’m a fan of them all. Their talent is dazzling. So is their work ethic. None of these women had success handed to her. They all had to keep at it, even in the face of failure and discouragement — they kept ­singing, kept writing, kept getting better and better.”

She also name-checks the likes of Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony (can you even name all five?) and even ends her piece with a Lady Gaga pun. She might be the Democratic frontrunner, but she’s definitely the nation’s foremost Little Monster.

The issue coincides with the magazine’s Women in Music event, which will also honor artists like Missy Elliott and Lana Del Rey and be televised on Lifetime on Dec. 18.

Read Clinton’s full letter over at Billboard.

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