Lizzo is now an Emmy winner, with her series Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls beating multi-year winner RuPaul’s Drag Race in the Outstanding Competition Program category. On stage, Lizzo got teary while giving her speech, speaking candidly about how she so desperately wanted to see someone who looked like her on screen when she was a kid. As an adult, she became that person—and she urged the audience to continue telling stories like hers and those of the women on her series.
“I wanna say thank you to the Emmys and the Emmys voters, first of all. I’m very emotional,” she started. “The trophy is nice, but my emotion is for these people who are on this stage with me, the stories that they shared, they’re not that unique; they just don’t get the platform. Telling stories. Let’s just tell more stories. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media. Someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re gonna see that person but bitch it’s gonna have to be you.’ Where are about my big girls? Are they here? Come, come! One year ago, one year ago, these women were filming this television show that would change their lives forever. They are Emmy-award winning superstars who are going on a world tour. Make some noise for my big girls. I love you guys so much. Daddy, I love you, oh my God. God bless y’all. This is for the big girls. L-I-Z-Z-O-B-I-G-G-G-R-L-S, we the best! Ay! Thank you so much.”
You can watch her speech below:
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