During her ongoing worldwide Renaissance tour, Beyoncé’s recent live performance in Boston, Massachusetts sparked speculation among fans as she seemingly omitted Lizzo’s name from the lyrics of “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix).” The original version of the song includes a mention of several Black female artists, such as Lizzo, Lauryn Hill, Betty Davis, and her sister Solange Knowles. However, in the recent concert, Beyoncé left out Lizzo’s name, along with Betty Davis, Solange Knowles, and Kelly Rowland.
This omission comes in the wake of news that three of Lizzo’s former dancers have filed a lawsuit against the singer, alleging s*xual harassment and a hostile work environment. While many fans initially interpreted the lyrical alteration as a response to the harassment claims against Lizzo, others believe it may be linked to Erykah Badu’s recent remarks.
During her New York shows, Beyoncé sported a distinctive chrome hat with an oversized brim, which prompted Badu to suggest that Beyoncé drew inspiration from her own style. Badu humorously commented, “Hmmm. I guess I’m everybody’s stylist,” alongside a photo of both artists wearing similar hats.
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In the altered lyrics of her song, Beyoncé repeated “Badu” four times, fueling speculation that this could be a subtle response to Badu’s playful accusation of style copying. Nevertheless, the true intention behind the lyrical changes remains open to interpretation.
Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding Lizzo’s legal issues has raised eyebrows. In a 44-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lizzo (Melissa Viviane Jefferson) and her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, face serious allegations. The dancers claim that Lizzo pressured one of the plaintiffs into touching a nude performer at an Amsterdam strip club and orchestrated a degrading 12-hour audition process for her dancers.
These accusations stand in stark contrast to Lizzo’s public image, known for promoting body positivity, women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, and anti-bullying. The plaintiffs’ attorney, Ron Zambrano, condemned the alleged mistreatment of the dancers, stating that it contradicts Lizzo’s public stance and is both illegal and demoralizing.
As the situation unfolds, Beyoncé’s lyrical alteration remains a topic of interest among fans and media alike. The true motive behind the change may only be known to the superstar herself, leaving the public to ponder the nuances of her artistic choices in the face of controversy.