In a world that often tries to silence bold voices, especially women, Lizzo is here to make a resounding statement: Black fat women deserve recognition and support. As she accepted the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award from the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), the Grammy-winning singer delivered a heartfelt speech that left the audience inspired and moved.
Amidst the controversies and accusations that have recently surrounded her, Lizzo’s acceptance of the humanitarian award was an emotional and unapologetic moment. As a second lawsuit was filed against her by a former employee just hours before the ceremony, Lizzo stood her ground with grace.
“I didn’t write a speech because I don’t know what to say in times like these,” Lizzo confessed, her voice trembling. “I’ve been blessed to receive a lot of incredible awards, but this one truly hits different because humanitarianism, you know, in its nature is thankless. You know, it’s selfless.”
She went on to acknowledge the Black-led organizations she recently donated funds to, including Black Girls Smile, Save Our Sisters, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, and the Sphinx Organization. Her commitment to uplifting marginalized voices was unwavering.
“I’m going to continue to shine a light on the people who are helping people because they deserve it. I’m going to continue to amplify the voices of marginalized people because I have a microphone and I know how to use it,” Lizzo said passionately. “And I’m going to continue to put on and represent and create safe spaces for Black fat women. It is my purpose.”
Lizzo’s fierce dedication to her cause was palpable in the room full of supportive music industry colleagues who cheered her on. The star-studded event, hosted by BMAC, aimed to recognize individuals who have used their platforms to effect social change over the past year. Special guests included LL Cool J, Flavor Flav, Keke Palmer, and many more.
She posted a message on social writing, “I’m still crying. The Big Grrrls, the Big Boiiis, and Sophia Eris came together and surprised me last night for my award. It felt like a family reunion. We laughed we cried we hugged we celebrated we sang we testified we loved on each other. It was so incredible seeing the girls from my show Watch out for the Big GRRRLS I missed them so deeply— I don’t have the words to express what hearing their kind words means to me. I’m so proud to be y’all’s.”
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One person commented, “Who’s behind these awards? This woman has been sued on multiple charges and someone out there still dishing out award? Some people get stripped of their awards even when they haven’t been convicted; why is she being treated differently, I wanna know?”
Another said, “I’m confused as to why Russell Brand is fully canceled, but Big Liz is getting humanitarian awards even though she’s being accused of just as heinous a crime 🤔.”
Another fan wrote, “If she was white, she would have been canceled when the first lawsuit was filed.”
Another one commented, “Screw cancel culture – she’s innocent.”
Another wrote, “She’s got one hell of a PR team. This is some next-level Olivia Pope type-ish.”
As Lizzo accepted her award, she wasn’t alone. The surprise appearance of her dancers, the Big Grrrls and Big Boiiis, made the moment even more special. It was a powerful testament to the bond and unity that Lizzo shares with her team.
Lizzo’s commitment to her cause and her unapologetic attitude in the face of controversy is a lesson in resilience and determination. As she continues to advocate for Black fat women, her impact on the music industry and society at large cannot be denied.
In the midst of it all, Lizzo continues to stand as a beacon of hope and strength for those who really need it most. She reminds us that, regardless of the challenges we face, we should never stop fighting for what we believe in. Lizzo’s message is clear: Black fat women deserve recognition, support, and love, and she is not backing down from that fight.