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Lizzo and other liberal stars turned the 2020 Billboard Music Awards into a political event Wednesday night.

Lizzo won the award for Top Song Sales at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old Taurus wore a one-sleeve, off the shoulder black frock with the words "VOTE" printed on it.

"I've been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed," said the "Truth Hurts" singer. "And I wonder, would I be standing here right now if it weren't for the big black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed?"

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Lizzo urged Billboard's viewers to get out and vote: "When people try to suppress something, it's normally because that thing holds power. They're afraid of your power ... So whether it's through music, protest or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed."

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Rapper activist Killer Mike, appearing via CCTV from Atlanta, was honored with the first ever Billboard Change Maker Award. After being presented the award by Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Killer Mike spoke directly to the young people pounding the pavement to seek justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

"You matter more than you know," he said in a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. "You are needed more than ever."

Killer Mike turned to his wife, Shana Render, standing beside him, and said, "This is our award."

He continued:

"I am first and foremost your husband and I would not be here receiving this if not for your encouragement... I'd probably just be smoking weed, hanging out... by myself. I love you very much and I appreciate you."

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Rapper and social activist Killer Mike is the first ever recipient of Billboard's Change Maker Award.

The award was created to honor an artist or group that "speaks truth to power through their music, celebrity and community," according to a statement from officials at Dick Clark Productions and NBC which will host the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.

"They are socially conscious, politically aware, active in their community and charitable with time, money and/or influence to improve the lives of others," a press release reads.

"Killer Mike's dedication to equality, social justice and financial literacy in the Black community has catapulted him as a headlining figure of social responsibility and activism, as demonstrated in the wake of the slayings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks."

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Mike, real name Michael Santiago Render, 45, is active in campaigning for social justice and equality, including leading voter registration initiatives and helping to create entrepreneurial and educational opportunities for the black community.

"This award highlights and recognizes the attributes of a true social justice warrior in the field of music who has made exemplary strides to lead the community in positive changemaking advocacy," Datwon Thomas, vice president, cultural media at Vibe/MRC Media and consulting producer for the Billboard Music Awards, said in a statement.

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"We selected Killer Mike for his contributions to the current movement and culture and his tangible efforts to make national and grassroots change."

The award will be presented by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson and broadcast live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 8pm ET on NBC.

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