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Lizzo To Receive Humanitarian Award Amidst Harassment Allegations

Lizzo To Receive Humanitarian Award Amidst Harassment Allegations

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The singer was accused of misconduct by former dancers last month.

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The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) has announced that they will be honoring Lizzo at their gala this year, just weeks after multiple former employees accused her of misconduct.

The “Juice” singer will receive the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work and commitment to social justice. Also announced at the same time is that Epic Records CEO and Chairwoman Sylvia Rhone will receive the group’s Clarence Avant Trailblazer Award.

“The Black Music Action Coalition is proud to honor Lizzo and Sylvia Rhone at this year’s Gala, as they join a group of trailblazers who have made immense impact within the music industry and beyond,” the BMAC said in a statement. “We applaud their dedication to pushing boundaries, amplifying Black voices, and crashing through those glass ceilings creating space for Black Women.”

The recognition comes roughly a month after three of Lizzo’s former dancers filed a lawsuit against her, her production company, and her dance captain, featuring allegations of a hostile work environment and sexual harassment. Other people who worked with Lizzo have come forward with similar allegations in the weeks that followed, while some have opted to defend her publicly instead. Lizzo herself has maintained that the claims are merely “sensationalized stories” from disgruntled former employees.

The gala, which is also set to honor Keke Palmer and Jermaine Dupri, will take place on September 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It’s worth noting that the hotel is among those Los Angeles hospitality workers are requesting people boycott as part of their ongoing strike in demand of fair pay.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.