Concurrent with lawsuit controversies, on Thursday (9.21,) Lizzo accepted the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award.
Just hours after being hit with a second lawsuit accusing her of fostering a hostile work environment, the superstar singer/songwriter was recognized at the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) gala in Los Angeles.
Though the superstar (born Melissa Viviane Jefferson) skipped the red carpet walk, after an introduction by her Big Grrrl dancers, Lizzo took The Beverly Hilton stage and said:
“Black Music Action Coalition, y’all really are about that action. Thank you so much for this, because I needed this right now.” “God’s timing is always on time! I didn’t write a speech because I don’t know what to say in times like these.”
“It’s easy to do the right thing when everybody’s watching you, and it’s what you do in those moments when nobody’s watching that defines who you are. 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 safe spaces for fat Black women, because that’s what the f**k I do!”
Earlier in the day, Lizzo was served with a lawsuit by her former wardrobe designer Asha Daniels, who worked with the entertainer during her most recent tour. Claiming disability discrimination, sexual harassment, illegal retaliatory termination and assault, among other claims, Daniels also filed suit against her wardrobe manager Amanda Nomura, and her tour manager Carlina Gugliotta in a Los Angeles court,
While Lizzo’s attorneys insisted it was “a bogus, absurd publicity-stunt lawsuit,” the legal action comes less than two months after the musician was sued by three of her former dancers, who accused her of sexual, racial, and religious harassment, creating a hostile work environment and more.