Lizzo stated throughout her speech that she was initially hesitant to simply accept the award—which has beforehand gone to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Tyler Perry—as a result of she did not “want a trophy for championing folks.”
“I’m right here tonight, as a result of to be an icon is not about how lengthy you’ve got had your platform,” Lizzo stated. “Being an icon is what you do with that platform. Ever for the reason that starting of my profession, I’ve used my platform to amplify marginalized voices, so tonight I’m sharing this honor.”
Whereas accepting the Individuals’s Champion Award, she shared the second with 17 activists who she invited on stage.
She was joined by Breonna Taylor‘s mom, Tamika Palmer, who has sought justice for her daughter’s 2020 killing; Mari Copeny, referred to as “Little Miss Flint” for elevating consciousness towards the water disaster in Flint, Mich.; Shirley Raines, nationally acknowledged for offering unhoused folks in Los Angeles’ Skid Row with important assets; and Maggie Mireles Thomas, sister to trainer Eva Mireles who was killed within the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas this 12 months.
Lizzo additionally introduced up activists Yasmine Aker, Emiliana Guereca, Esther Young Lim, Felicia “Fe” Montes, Jayla Rose Sullivan, Kara Roselle Smith, Amelia Bonow, Odilia Romero, Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh, Sahar Pirzada, Chandi Moore, Crystal Echo Hawk and Reshma Saujani.