The 48-year-old singer will be honored at this year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards on Oct. 31.
“The past informs the present, and Badu exists on a continuum between Dallas’ fraught history and its yet-unwritten future, ” wrote Dallas Observers’s Preston Jones.
“…Badu hasn’t merely written a name for herself in the music industry stratosphere; she also continues her own tradition of unwavering commitment to her community — not only through motivational visits and occasional appearances around her city’s venues, but by continuing to employ the city’s best and harnessing new talent,” he continued. “For these reasons, she is the obvious and only choice as a recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards.”
Back in 2017, Dallas residents petitioned to rename Robert E. Lee Park after the “Window Seat” singer. The city council also voted 13-1 in favor of removing the statue from the park also bearing the Confederate general’s name two years ago.
“Lord knows the renowned R&B singer deserves that distinction. Hell, they already named a whole day after her down in Houston, recognizing her many accomplishments and all that she’s done to inspire young artists around the state, and somehow beating Dallas to that punch,” a supporter of the petition wrote. “Naming a local park after her would go a long way toward making up for that misstep, for sure.”
In other Badu news, she recently joined forces with with Chinatown Market, a streetwear brand to create a line of limited T-shirts.
“The reason why Chinatown Market is such an inspiration to Badu is that you don’t even understand the power of the bootleg in the hood,” Badu explained during Instagram live via Vogue.com. “Chinatown Market has one piece in particular in their repertoire that defines bootleg as, “A recording, physical item or idea that is made, reproduced, or sold illegally without authorization.”