At a concert in Boston on Tuesday, Beyoncé appeared to omit Lizzo’s name when performing “Break My Soul (Queen’s Remix).” This comes after the news that Lizzo is being sued by three former backup dancers alleging harassment and a hostile work environment.
Typically, Lizzo’s name is included in the lyrics of “Break My Soul (Queen’s Remix)” along with other female artists like Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, and Nicki Minaj. The song celebrates successful black women in entertainment.
However, multiple videos posted on social media showed Beyoncé leaving out Lizzo’s name during the recent performance. Instead, she repeated Erykah Badu’s name four times, even as Lizzo’s name flashed on the screen behind her.
Back in June, Lizzo had shared an Instagram video of herself attending Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” tour concert. She commented, “We are all so infinitely and maximally connected and significant. It’s an honor. Thank You Beyoncé.”
Beyoncé’s omission follows Tuesday’s announcement that Lizzo, known for spreading uplifting messages and body positivity, is being sued by three ex-dancers. They claim mistreatment and harassment during their time on the Grammy winner’s dance team.
Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the complaint names Lizzo’s company Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc. and a “dance captain” as co-defendants. One plaintiff alleges Lizzo encouraged touching nude performers at an Amsterdam club while on tour. Another claims Lizzo questioned her weight gain and commitment to the team. This led the dancer to feel pressured to explain herself and share personal details to keep her job.