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25 April 2023

Lizzo Wins Big At 2023 Detroit Music Awards

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Lizzo was the big winner at the 32nd annual Detroit Music Awards, sweeping her categories with four wins.

The homegrown singer’s disco-tinged hit About Damn Time took home outstanding national single and outstanding video, major budget, and her 2022 EP ‘You’re Special, Love Lizzo’ won for outstanding national EP or mixtape.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson was on hand to announce the outstanding national album category — won by Lizzo’s studio album Special, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

These were Lizzo’s first-ever Detroit Music Awards, adding to her growing collection of major trophies which include a Grammy Award, an MTV Video Music Award and a People’s Choice Award for “bout Damn Time.

Lizzo sent a short video acceptance message to organizers, fans and Motor City residents. “What up, everybody? This is such an honor to win not one, not two, not three but four Detroit Music Awards. You all know how important this is for me, ’cause I am an east-sider, off at Van D*** and Palmetto,” she said.

“Not to mention what Detroit means to me but what Detroit means to music and culture, Motown being the birthplace of modern pop music, honestly, and so much black music. It’s an honor to win these awards. So thank you much for voting for me, thinking of me. I love you all. God bless you all. I cannot wait to put these on the bookshelf. Y’all stay blessed. Thank you one more time. I love y’all!”

The awards were presented Sunday night (April 23) at the Emagine Theatres Royal Oak, and captured on film for replay at a date and platform yet to be announced.

Other winners included shock-rock legend Alice Cooper (outstanding anthology/compilation/reissue for Live From the Astroturf…), while performers included I Prevail and Rockspell, both teaming up with America’s Got Talent alum the Detroit Youth Choir.

Presenters included Billy Idol, Steel Panther, Wolfgang Van Halen, Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s, Mike Campbell, Detroit native Don Was, Myles Kennedy and Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Jader Bignamini.

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