Latifah declines Anderson award
Queen Latifah is “unable to accept” an award named for pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson, citing personal reasons.
The Marian Anderson Award made the announcement on its website. 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.
The organization says its Nov. 20 awards gala will be rescheduled.