Lizzo made sure to remind fans to cast their ballots when she appeared at the Billboard Music Awards last night. The “Juice” singer attended the 2020 ceremony in a black asymmetrical minidress, custom-made by Christian Siriano, with the word vote printed all over. The presidential election is just 19 days away after all.
She wore the reminder on her nails too.
But Lizzo did more than let her fashion do the talking. While accepting the award for Top Song Sales Artist, she not only paid tribute to the Black women who paved the way before her and shared a powerful message about staying true to who you are and making your voice heard, but she again encouraged everyone to vote.
“I just want to say, I’ve been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed,” she said. “And I wonder, would I be standing here right now if it weren’t for the big Black women who refuse to have their voices be suppressed? 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 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.”
Siriano applauded the artist on Instagram. “An honor to create for this unbelievable and beautiful [woman] tonight. LIZZO you are an inspiration,” the designer wrote, responding to her message.
Watch Lizzo’s full acceptance speech below.
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