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Beyoncé Omits Lizzo’s Name Following Lawsuit

While performing The Queens Remix version of ‘Break My Soul’ on Tuesday night, Beyoncé omitted Lizzo‘s name after the singer was slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit.

On August 1, it was reported that the her fellow musician, born Melissa Jefferson, had been accused of sexual harassment, weight shaming and creating a hostile work environment in a lawsuit filed by three of her former dancers.

During her August 2 performance at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Bey skipped over Lizzo’s name during the segment of her show where she lists influential Black female artists, including “Solange Knowles, (Erykah) Badu, Lizzo, Kelly Rowl.” However, according to video footage posted on social media, the star changed the line to: “Solange Knowles, Badu, Badu, Badu, Badu.”

Alleging sexual, religious and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault and false imprisonment, among other claims, while on the dance team, dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against Lizzo, her production company Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc., and her dance captain Shirlene Quigley.

Hours following the lawsuit, former dancer Courtney Hollinquest took to her Instagram Stories with “For clarification, I’m not apart of the lawsuit – but this was very much my experience in my time there. Big shoutout to the dancers who had the courage to bring this to light.”

Lizzo’s former creative director, Quinn Whitney Wilson, re-shared the post and claimed she had a similar experience, writing “I haven’t been apart of that world for around three years, for a reason,” “I very much applaud the dancers courage to bring this to light. And I grieve parts of my own experience (sic).”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Sarah Marklund and Hanna Söderlund