In certainly one of her first public appearances since a trio of former dancers filed a lawsuit accused her of turning a blind eye to poisonous working circumstances, Lizzo took the stage at Thursday night time’s (Sept. 21) 2023 Black Music Motion Coalition gala to obtain the night time’s ultimate honor: the BMAC Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award. The occasion was held on the Beverly Hilton Lodge in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The award was introduced by the Huge Grrrls from Lizzo’s Emmy-winning actuality present, Watch Out For the Huge Grrrls, simply hours after the singer was hit with the most recent lawsuit from a former worker, this one alleging sexual and racial harassment, incapacity discrimination and unlawful retaliatory termination; the swimsuit from Particular Tour clothes designer Asha Daniels filed in L.A. Superior Courtroom named Lizzo, together with tour supervisor Carlina Gugliotta and the Huge Grrrl Touring firm as defendants. It’s the second such lawsuit in two months, alleging sexual and racial harassment.

Earlier than Lizzo got here onstage, one of many forged members spoke about her being the “first person to ever believe in us, show us love and believe in our talent and our craft.” One other mentioned, “When we found out Lizzo was being honored, we knew that we had to be here. This has always been somebody that gives back. She cares deeply. She loves with her whole heart … she put in the work to get to this moment.”

Stepping onstage to just accept the statuette, an emotional Lizzo mentioned, “BMAC thank you because I needed this right now. God’s timing is always on time! I’ve been blessed to receive a lot of incredible awards. But this one truly hits different because humanitarianism is selfless. And to be kind to someone isn’t a talent. Everyone can do it. It’s a gift that you give. In all my years of activism and outreach, I have witnessed at the core of every organization, every movement, every march is just people helping people. And they do it every damn day. I get to come in, help and go back to my life as a musician. These people are still helping people because they’ve dedicated their lives to service. And they don’t get awards; they don’t get a round of applause. Because of that, I’ve dedicated my life and 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.”

Lizzo additional shared that she donated 1 / 4 of one million {dollars} in June to a number of Black-led organizations devoted to serving to Black youth, Black girls, the Black queer/Black trans communities. To applause and shouts, she went on to call the organizations, which included the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Black Women Smile, Sphinx Group, Save Our Sisters and a scholarship partnership with the College of Houston.

“It’s easy to do the right thing when everybody’s watching you,” Lizzo continued within the speech that didn’t straight handle any of the allegations. “But it’s what you do in those moments where nobody’s watching that defines who you are. I’m going to continue to be who I am, no matter who’s watching. 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, represent and create safe spaces for Black fat women because that’s what the f–k I do! My family’s here, Nice Life is here … the Big Grrrls. This support right now means the world to me.”

Lizzo responded to the primary swimsuit alleging sexual harassment and weight-shaming in August, calling them “false allegations” and “sensationalized stories.”

“I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days,” Lizzo wrote in a press release posted on X (previously Twitter). “I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not.”

At press time it didn’t seem that Lizzo had responded to the allegations within the newest lawsuit. Daniels is being represented by legal professional Ron Zambrano, who can also be representing former dancers Ariana Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez, who claimed of their swimsuit that they have been subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work surroundings, together with being pressured to the touch nude dancers throughout a stay intercourse present.