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Lizzo Accepts Humanitarian Honor After Being Hit With Second Lawsuit – The Hollywood Reporter



Simply hours after Lizzo was hit with a second lawsuit with claims of making a hostile work surroundings, the star accepted the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award on the Black Music Motion Coalition gala in Los Angeles.

After skipping the crimson carpet portion of the night, Lizzo took the stage on the Beverly Hilton lodge following an introduction by a gaggle of her Massive Grrrl dancers. Wiping away tears, she informed the gang, “I really needed this right now. God’s timing is on time.”

“I didn’t write a speech because I don’t know what to say in times like these,” Lizzo continued, thanking BMAC for the honour and noting that this award was completely different than others she has gained as a result of “humanitarianism in its nature is thankless, it’s selfless. To be kind to someone isn’t a talent; everyone can do it, it’s a gift that you give.” She emphasised the work that full-time humanitarians do each day that doesn’t get recognition, “and because of that, I’ve dedicated my life, and I’ve decided to share my platform, to shine a light on those people because I so badly want to live in a world where we award goodness with our attention.”

After shouting out the Black-led organizations she gave a $250,000 donation to earlier this yr, Lizzo famous she needed to say another factor. “It’s easy to do the right thing when everybody’s watching you, and it’s what you do in those moments where nobody’s watching that defines who you are,” she stated. “And I’m going to continue to be who I am, no matter who’s watching. 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. And I’m going to continue to put on and represent and create safe spaces for Black, fat women because that’s what the fuck I do. It is my purpose and it is an honor.”

Earlier on Thursday, the singer’s former tour stylist filed a lawsuit accusing Lizzo and supervisors of Massive Grrrl Massive Touring of sexual and racial harassment, incapacity discrimination, retaliation and assault. It builds upon earlier allegations, filed in August, from a trio of former tour dancers suing Lizzo for claims of interrogating them about their weight and pressuring them to have interaction in sexually express acts at intercourse exhibits.

On the occasion, a big group of Lizzo’s dancers offered her with the Humanitarian award, with a number of declaring their love for her and one noting that “she was the first person to ever believe in us and show us love and believe in our talent and our craft and we thank you so much for that.”

The occasion, hosted by Kenny Burns, additionally honored Keke Palmer, Jermaine Dupri, Sylvia Rhone, Jesse Collins, Dr. Menna Demessie, Jason Flom, Trae tha Reality, Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler throughout the three-hour ceremony. The third annual gala acknowledged people and organizations who’ve affected constructive change and helped enhance fairness inside the group. 

Palmer was offered with the BMAC Social Influence Award by two of her sisters, and spoke about how her love for leisure comes from eager to uplift her household and her group.

“Very early on I recognized the impact that I could have through the arts and how I could make people feel and move people. As I got older, my parents really introduced me to the likings of Muhammad Ali, Ossie Davis, Eartha Kitt — people that really used their platform and the opportunity of being in the public eye to shine a light on the things that matter to them, and most importantly, us as Black people, how we can represent one another and encourage one another to the best of our ability,” Palmer stated. “For me, what you see of me — whether you love it or you hate it or whatever it is — it’s truly coming from my heart, you guys. I truly do try my best, as a millennial, as a young woman in this world, as a mother now. I’m doing the very best I can from my truest heart, and I just want everybody to be able to have joy and have freedom to be theirselves in this world, because we only get one life. We all deserve to live it and have a good time.”

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