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7 Jan

Lizzo Is Rightfully Named ‘The People’s Champion’ At The

Photo by Wealthy Polk/E! Entertainment/NBC via Getty Images

The 2022 People’s Selection Awards was definitely one to recollect. Hosted by Kenan Thompson for the second yr in a row, this yr’s ceremony was held on the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and featured one of the best in music, film, television, and podcasts. 

“I’m beyond excited to host the People’s Selection Awards again this yr and have a good time the incredible talent and fans that this show unites,” said Thompson in a press release to NBC. “I’m so grateful to be nominated – shoutout to the fans and congrats to all of the nominees. Prepare for round two!!”

In what was a star-studded event, most of the Black celebrities in attendance were Laverne Cox, Karamo Brown, Jessica Betts and Niecy Nash, Kel Mitchell, and more. Pose star Billy Porter presented Shania Twain with the “Music Icon” Award, 3-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade announced the “Male Movie Star of 2022,” and comedian Lil Rel Howery gave out the evening’s second big award, the People’s Icon Award to Ryan Reynolds.

Lizzo Is Rightfully Named ‘The People’s Champion’ At The 2022 People’s Choice Awards
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: 2022 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS — Pictured: Honoree Lizzo (C) accepts The People’s Champion award on stage through the 2022 People’s Selection Awards held on the Barker Hangar on December 6, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. — (Photo by Wealthy Polk/E! Entertainment/NBC via Getty Images)

At about 10:30 pm, Shari Johnson-Jefferson – Lizzo’s mother – presented the 3-time Grammy winner with probably the most notable honor of the night, the People’s Champion. “She’s a champion of others, she builds you up and is at all times in your corner,” Johnson-Jefferson began. “She has shown us all that we don’t have to adapt to anyone’s standards as a way to be comfortable, to be creative, and to feel worthy. I do know that Lizzo has literally saved lives. Nobody is more deserving of this honor – and I’m so happy with her.”

After a temporary montage of the Michigan-born entertainer’s amazing yr, Lizzo then walked out to the stage and delivered a strong speech. “I’m here tonight because, to be an icon isn’t about how long you’ve had your platform, being an icon is what you do with that platform,” she said. “And 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. Make some love for the people, ya’ll.” Lizzo then highlighted activists across several practices, including abortion rights, domestic violence, the situation in Flint, and more. The ultimate activist that Lizzo spoke about was Tamika Palmer, the parent of Breonna Taylor.

The night undoubtedly belonged to the Special singer, because she also brought home the PCA’s final award, the “Song of the Yr” for her hit single, “About Rattling Time.”

Take a take a look at among the highlights of the 2022 People’s Selection Awards.

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