I feel damn good! Lizzo burst into tears while accepting the award for the best competitive program for her show Beware Lizzo Big Grrrls at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
“The trophy is good, but I have emotions for the people who are with me on this stage, for the stories they shared,” the 34-year-old “About Damn Time” singer said during the awards ceremony on Monday, September 12. “They’re not that unique, they just don’t understand the platform. … Let’s just tell more stories.”
The Michigan native also talked about what diversity in film and television means to her personally.
“When I was a little girl, all I wanted was to see myself in the media. Someone fat like me, black like me, handsome like me,” she said to audience applause at the Microsoft Theater. “If I could go back and say something to little Lizzo, I would say: “You will see this person, but, bitch, it must be you.”
Lizzo concluded her speech by asking the crowd to “make some noise for my big girls”. Several contestants from the Amazon Prime series, in which 13 women compete to become Juice’s dancer, were seated in the audience.
In an August conversation with TermThe Truth Hurts singer was asked if she planned ahead for her Emmy speech.
“I think I’m more concerned about what I’m going to wear. Like, it’s just a big deal to be there. This will be my first Emmy, my first Emmy carpet. I want to feel like a prom queen, ”she replied then. “So, I think I’m more concerned with planning my image than with speech. I think I’ll just drink champagne.”
The University of Houston graduate chose a flowing red dress with a long train and statement sleeves for a prestigious television event. Her competitors in the nomination “Best Competition Program” were RuPaul’s drag racing, nailed it, Amazing Race, Voice as well as Best Chef.
Lizzo told Deadline that when her manager called her and said she was going to be nominated for an Emmy Award, she initially ignored the call. “I was in glamor and editing videos,” she explained, adding that when she finally got the news, it was “a great way to start the day.”
She also told the publication that “the sky is literally the limit” of what she would like to do if Beware Lizzo Big Grrrls gets a second season. “I definitely want to change something,” she said.