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  • The 2019 American Influencer Awards were held in Hollywood, California, on Monday.
  • Jaclyn Hill was in attendance, and took home the award for Makeup Tutorialist of the Year.
  • While some people were ecstatic to learn she’d won, others questioned why she was awarded after posting only a handful of tutorials throughout the year. 
  • The YouTuber later took to Instagram to thank fans for voting for her. She also said she believes “so many people in the industry” deserve the award more than she does.
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Jaclyn Hill was named the Makeup Tutorialist of the Year at the 2019 American Influencer Awards, held on Monday in Hollywood, California.

Many people have since congratulated the YouTuber on her accomplishment, though others have questioned if she’s actually deserving of the praise; not only has Hill uploaded only a handful of tutorials in 2019, but she also launched a disastrous lipstick line in June.

Now, Hill has responded to her critics, and admitted she believes “so many people in the industry” deserve the award more than she does.

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Jaclyn Hill attends the 2019 American Influencer Awards in Hollywood, California.
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Jaclyn Hill took home the Makeup Tutorialist of the Year award on Monday

The YouTuber got emotional as she stepped onstage at the awards show, saying: “B—- I’m not gonna cry!”

“Okay I’m not kidding — I was really hoping that I wasn’t gonna win because I suck at this, but thank you guys,” Hill said. “I mean, this has been such a hard year and I love you. This is awesome. Am I the only one who cried tonight?”

“I just gotta say, the only thing I really gotta get across to you guys because I did not prepare anything, is thank you for voting for me,” she continued. “I can’t believe this because I did not even talk about it. I just felt so insecure. But it’s just more than makeup to me. Thank you for allowing me to teach you how to feel beautiful.”

—macky. (@m4ckybby) November 20, 2019

People had mixed reactions to Hill winning the award

As the awards ceremony was livestreamed on YouTube, fans immediately shared their reactions when Hill was named Makeup Tutorialist of the Year. Many of her fans, for example, seemed ecstatic about the news.

—A L L Y (@glamourbyally) November 19, 2019

—Ҝenzie (@KaY_Zze) November 19, 2019

—hannah (@hannah_makeupx) November 20, 2019

—alis_h (@chicago_girl07) November 20, 2019

Others, however, questioned if Hill is the most deserving influencer. Many argued that she didn’t post enough tutorials throughout 2019 — she shared five tutorials and seven other beauty videos this year— while others implied her disastrous lipstick launch should’ve disqualified her.

—Nikki 🌻🖤 (@niknak_7) November 19, 2019

—Jess (@girl_unknownn) November 19, 2019

—Kristi (@Kristij43) November 20, 2019

—bonnie (@bonnadjiwan) November 20, 2019

—Katie (@itskat_rina) November 20, 2019

The YouTuber has since taken to social media to thank her fans and address her critics

After the American Influencer Awards, Hill took to Twitter to thank fans who showed her support.

—Jaclyn Hill (@Jaclynhill) November 19, 2019

—Jaclyn Hill (@Jaclynhill) November 19, 2019

—Jaclyn Hill (@Jaclynhill) November 19, 2019

—Jaclyn Hill (@Jaclynhill) November 20, 2019

On Instagram, she shared similar sentiments, and also seemingly addressed her critics. According to Hill, she believes “so many people in the industry” deserve the award more than she does.

“I don’t even know what to say,” Hill wrote on Twitter. “I was NOT expecting this award. I truly believe that so many people in the industry deserve this more than I do. But my JACPACK rides for me so hard & I could not be more grateful for you guys!”

“I can’t believe how many of you voted, I was such an emotional mess about it!” she continued. “And side note, I can’t believe I cried on stage!!!! I love you guys! THANK YOU!!!!”

A post shared by J A C L Y N 😜 (@jaclynhill)

Hill recently announced that she’s launching a holiday makeup collection

Prior to the awards ceremony, Hill announced in a YouTube video that her beauty brand, Jaclyn Cosmetics, will be releasing a holiday collection of highlighters. The products will be her first following the disastrous launch of her lipsticks — which many people said arrived broken and caused swelling on the lips — in June.

Representatives for Jaclyn Hill did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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