Monday, April 22, 2024

Lizzo Continuing Scandal Not Only Tanks Her Own Career But Takes Down Jay Z Philly Music Festival


Lizzo’s ongoing scandals have not just tanked her own career, but also caused a big problem for Jay Z.

The body positive singer was supposed to headline Jay Z’s Made in America music festival next weekend in Philadelphia. But the lawsuits and accusations against her have caused the festival to be cancelled altogether.

Apparently just removing Lizzo wasn’t enough to keep the festival going. It would have been too quick a time to find a replacement. Other artists on the fest included SZA, Miguel, and Ice Spice. But Lizzo would have been the draw if her dancers weren’t suing her for sexual harassment and weight shaming. (According to reports there are new accusations, as well.)

Lizzo was on top of the world, with best selling records, sold out shows. She even hosted and was musical guest on “SNL” this past year. But the response to her possibly being completely hypocritical has wrecked her career in less than two weeks. I told you last week that her record sales collapsed. Since I wrote that article, whatever was left is gone. Radio play has stopped, and so has streaming. Lizzo has gone cold.

Lizzo, of course, denies all accusations and will litigate with the dancers. But she needs a team of crisis doctors to help rebuild her image. And fast!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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