At the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, singer Lizzo won the top song sales artist award, during which she used her acceptance speech to talk about persisting in the face of what she referred to as suppression.
Wearing a dress with the word “Vote” emblazoned across it, Lizzo thanked the “big black women” who came before her and made the moment possible while urging people to stay true to who they are.
“I’ve been thinking a lot 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,” she said. “And I just want to say right now, if you’re 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.”
“Let me tell y’all something—when people try to