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‘Perfectly Black in Every Way’: Lizzo’s NAACP Image Awards Acceptance Speech Reminds ‘Black Girls’ They Are the Trophy

There is no denying that the bold talent know as Lizzo has been experiencing a winning season with smash hits “Truth Hurts” and “Good As Hell” finally catching the wave and attention of mainstream music fans.

From the looks of it this year is only building upon her success as she was named the NAACP’s 2020 Image Awards Entertainer of the Year recipient on Feb. 22.

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Lizzo’s acceptance speech at the NAACP Image Awards had everyone in the audience on their feet. @lizzobeeating/Instagram

The 31-year-old took to the stage and immediately gave actress Angela Bassett her well-deserved roses for the being “the entertainer, period.”

In a sea of varying shades of melanin, all viewers could see were smiling faces, head nods and rounds of applause as the songstress spread a message of empowerment for Black people in her speech.

“I just wanna shout out all of the big black girls that I bring on stage with me. I do that because I want them to know they are the trophies. And since this is the final award of the night I don’t even want to make it about me. Every last one of you, you are the award. We are so special, we are such a beautiful people, this is just a reminder of all the incredible things that we can do. God bless you, and keep on being an award! Let’s go! Let’s go!”

Lizzo later posted to Instagram a picture of herself holding her award on the stage, a photo she captioned in part “Perfectly Black in Every Way.”

The singer, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, was the most nominated artist at this year’s Grammys, with a total of eight nominations ranging from record, album and new artist of the year.

She went home with awards for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

“You guys create beautiful music, beautiful connectivity, and as I’m speaking to all of y’all in the room, we need to continue to reach out. This is the beginning of making music that moves people again,” said Lizzo while accepting an award at last month’s Grammys ceremonies.

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