Lizzo To Receive Humanitarian Award At Black Music Action Coalition Gala

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 26: Lizzo performs at Spark Arena on July 26, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Simpson/WireImage)
Despite her ongoing lawsuit Lizzo is set to receive a major honor.

According to AllHipHop, Lizzo will be honored later this month at the Black Music Action Coalition Gala. She'll be receiving the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award during the ceremony. Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone is also set to be honored at the event with the 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, We applaud their dedication to pushing boundaries, amplifying Black voices and crashing through those glass ceilings creating space for Black women,” reads the announcement from the coalition

The announcement comes during a pretty turbulent time for Lizzo. On the first day of August, news broke of a lawsuit filed against the "About Damn Time" singer by three of her former dancers. In the lawsuit they claimed that they experienced sexual harassment and workplace harassment. They claim that the singer and one of her primary choreographers contributed to a deeply hostile work environment. It included multiple specific references to the singer's behavior that was instantly a very bad look for her. While she's denied all of their claims, she's been unsurprisingly keeping a pretty low profile since.

Lizzo To Be Honored At BMAC Gala

In the wake of the lawsuit announcement, some came to the defense of Lizzo. Grimes defended the singer as her friend while Joe Budden claimed that she wasn't acting any different than most celebrities. Wack 100 came to her defense after reports emerged that she was dropped from consideration for a Super Bowl halftime show performance following the allegations.

In the weeks following the news breaking Lizzo and her legal team began trying to gather evidence to disprove her accusers. She also threatened to sue them back, though the dancers claim that is just a scare tactic meant to make them back down. What do you think of BMAC choosing to honor Lizzo despite her ongoing workplace harassment lawsuit? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.