If the message in Lizzoâ€™s Billboard Music Awards speech wasnâ€™t obvious enough â€• her dress should make things crystal clear.
The â€œTruth Hurtsâ€ singer, wearing a black dress with a white â€œVoteâ€ print, made an impassioned call to action after winning the Top Song Sales Artist award Wednesday night.
â€œIâ€™ve been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed,â€ she said. â€œI wonder, would I be standing here right now if it werenâ€™t for the big Black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed?
â€œI just want to say right now, if youâ€™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.â€
â€œLet me tell you all something,â€ she added. â€œWhen people try to suppress something, itâ€™s normally because that thing holds power. Theyâ€™re afraid of your power. Thereâ€™s power in who you are. Thereâ€™s power in your voice. So whether itâ€™s through music, protests or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed.â€
Lizzo was nominated in 11 categories in this yearâ€™s Billboard Music Awards. Sheâ€™s been a vocal voting advocate, using her enormous platform to urge fans to cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 election.
Earlier this week, she incentivized fans with a video of herself twerking in an â€œAuntie Samâ€ outfit. And after the first presidential debate in September, she posted a videoÂ imploring people to â€œregister to vote, to vote and to know your power.â€
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