Several of the activists she honored represent causes such as unapologetic abortion and transgender acceptance, one even specifically targeting transgender minors.
“When I first heard about this award, I was on the fence about whether I should accept. Because if I’m the People’s Champ, I don’t need a trophy championing people, you know what I’m saying?” the singer said.
“Ever since the beginning of my career, I’ve used my platform to amplify marginalized voices. So tonight, I am sharing this honor. Make some noise for the people,” she added before introducing the activists.
Lizzo honored Emiliana Guereca, the president and founder of the Women’s March Foundation, telling the crowd, “If you’ve been to a Women’s March, she’s probably behind it. As the founder of the Women’s March Foundation, she helps amplify our voices.”
Another activist she introduced to the crowd was a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman named Jayla Rose Sullivan. Sullivan is “a professionally trained dancer who is making sure there is space for transgender and nonbinary performers in the dance community. Watch out for that big girl!” said Lizzo.
Also honored was Amelia Bonow, who is the co-founder and director of the organization Shout Your Abortion. The pop star said she “is working to normalize abortion, increase awareness of abortion pills, and motivate people to work and support abortion access in their communities.”
Chandi Moore, who Lizzo additionally shared the stage with, is an activist for transgender minors. The singer explained that she is giving “trans and gender-nonconforming youth the tools they need to live their lives as their authentic selves.”
“Give them their flowers,” the star told the audience. “Power will always be to the people!”