Queen Latifah is “unable to simply accept” the Marian Anderson Award named for the pioneering opera singer, citing private causes.
The Marian Anderson Award made the announcement on its web site. The group wasn’t extra express, and Queen Latifah’s spokeswoman didn’t instantly return an electronic mail Friday.
The award is given in Philadelphia to critically acclaimed artists for his or her humanitarian work. Anderson was the primary black singer to carry out on the Metropolitan Opera.
Previous winners have included Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones.
Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah gained a Grammy for her 1994 album “Black Reign” and earned an Oscar nomination for her position in 2002’s “Chicago.”
The group says its Nov. 20 awards gala can be rescheduled, and it “hopes to honor Queen Latifah sooner or later.”
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