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Lizzo took home the award for Top Song Sales Artist during the Billboard Music Awards last night and used her acceptance speech to tell urge viewers to vote.
“I just want to say thank you to Billboard, thank you to Atlantic, thank you to Team Lizzo, thank you to everyone who listened to my music and supported me,” the “Truth Hurts” singer begins.
“I just wanted to say I’ve been thinking about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed, and I wonder would I be standing here right now if it weren’t for the big Black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed. I just wanted to say right now if you are at home watching this and you are thinking about changing yourself to feel worthy, this is your sign to remain true to who you are.”
There are now less than three weeks until a new president is elected on November 3. Citizens have been lining up to get their vote early, but as many feared, voter suppression claims ring out loudly as the GOP tries desperately to hold onto power.
Lizzo continued, “Lemme tell y’all something: When people try to suppress something, it’s normally because that thing holds power. They’re afraid of your power. There’s power in who you are. There’s power in your voice. So whether it’s through music, protest, or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed. Thank you so much to Billboard. I love y’all. God bless, y’all.”