In a recent concert in Boston, Beyoncé made a noticeable change to her song “Break My Soul (Queen’s Remix)” by omitting Lizzo’s name from the lyrics. This alteration came shortly after news broke that Lizzo is facing a lawsuit from three of her former dancers. The dancers have accused Lizzo of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
Historically, in “Break My Soul (Queen’s Remix)”, Beyoncé celebrates black women in the entertainment industry by naming several iconic figures, including Lizzo. However, during her Boston performance, instead of mentioning Lizzo, Beyoncé repeated Erykah Badu’s name four times. This change was even more pronounced as Lizzo’s name continued to be displayed on the screen graphics during the performance.
Beyoncé seemingly skips over Lizzo’s name during the Queens Remix performance of ‘Break My Soul’ tonight at the Renaissance World Tour.
She instead repeats Erykah Badu’s name four times.
— Pop Base (@PopBase) August 2, 2023
The lawsuit against Lizzo was filed in Los Angeles and has made significant waves in the entertainment world. Three of Lizzo’s ex-dancers, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, have made several allegations against the singer. Among the claims, Lizzo is accused of berating a dancer over weight gain and firing them after discovering they recorded a meeting due to health concerns. The lawsuit also alleges that Lizzo pressured her dancers to participate in inappropriate activities during a trip to Amsterdam.
Lizzo, known for her advocacy for body positivity and uplifting messages, has found herself in a challenging position with these accusations. The dancers’ lawyer, Ron Zambrano, mentioned that the alleged treatment by Lizzo and her management team seems contradictory to the public image she has built.
As the news spread, fans were quick to notice Beyoncé’s lyrical change, interpreting it as a subtle response to the ongoing controversy. Some speculate that the repeated mention of Erykah Badu might also hint at another recent incident where Erykah Badu accused Beyoncé of imitating her style.
While the entertainment world awaits more clarity on the lawsuit and its implications, Beyoncé’s song alteration has added another layer to the unfolding narrative. As the story develops, fans and industry insiders will be keenly watching how other artists and collaborators respond to the situation.