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Emma Stone Pays Tribute to Billie Jean King at Trailblazer Honors Awards

Emma Stone Pays Tribute to Billie Jean King at Trailblazer Honors Awards
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Emma Stone, who is playing tennis legend Billie Jean King in the upcoming film "Battle of the Sexes," gave a heartfelt tribute — and an award — to King at this year's Logo/VH1 Trailblazer Honors event.

Stone took the stage to praise King's optimism and hard work in becoming both a sports icon and an inspiration to LGBT people as one of the first openly lesbian pro athletes.

In the clip, Emma recalls playing tennis with King as a complete novice, but feeling safe after receiving King's advice: "Forget the bad one. Focus on the next ball." Emma says this motto is what carried King through a period when being an out lesbian in sports was frowned upon. "Billie Jean served to serve — and that's what makes her a true trailblazer."

Watch the video!

Trailblazer Honors, dedicated to honoring LGBT people who have been pioneers in the struggle for equality, will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on both Logo and VH1.

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