Queen Lat­i­fah ‘un­able to ac­cept’ award for per­sonal rea­sons

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCALNEWS -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Queen Lat­i­fah is “un­able to ac­cept” an award named for a pi­o­neer­ing opera singer, cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons.

The Mar­ian An­der­son Award made the an­nounce­ment on its web­site. The or­ga­ni­za­tion wasn’t more ex­plicit, and Queen Lat­i­fah’s spokes­woman did not im­me­di­ately re­turn an email Fri­day.

The award is given in Philadel­phia to crit­i­cally ac­claimed artists for their hu­man­i­tar­ian work. An­der­son was the first black singer to per­form at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera.

Past win­ners have in­cluded Oprah Win­frey, Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones.

Born Dana Owens, Queen Lat­i­fah won a Grammy for her 1994 al­bum “Black Reign” and earned an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for her role in 2002’s “Chicago.”

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