I'm Listening 2021 Preview: Lizzo discusses the role of artists when making societal change

Join Lizzo and more during our fifth annual 'I'm Listening' special on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM
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Lizzo will be joining Audacy for our fifth annual I'm Listening special happening on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on all Audacy stations and on the Audacy app.

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Ahead of our broadcast this week, Lizzo spoke about using her platform to enact change but being mindful about solely relying on artists to make societal and political change.

“I’m in this position to give back,” shares the “Rumors” singer. She continues, “I’m a musician, I’m a singer, and it’s crazy because like singers seem to always be the people who push policy and try to make change. I feel like the people who are writing policy and politicians aren’t.”

Focused on the “betterment of people” as a whole, Lizzo notes, “I wish we could all get on the same page, politicians and you know…creative leaders in society, because then I think some real change would happen.”

I’m Listening is a 365-day-a-year initiative that aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone, and once a year we pause on every Audacy station across the country to show it's okay not to be OK.

This year's I’m Listening will be hosted by Carson Daly (NBC’s Today show and The Voice) as well as pioneering psychologist and author, Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (The AAKOMA Project). Our star-studded guest lineup includes conversations with Billie EilishLil Nas XLizzoDoja CatShakiraJustin Bieber, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin LoveRage Against the Machine’s Tom MorelloJack Antonoff, and more.

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

To keep up with the artists that create music that feeds our minds and keeps the I’m Listening initiative powered, check out Audacy’s I’m Listening Mental Health Mix. With tracks from Billie Eilish to Carly Pearce to Pearl Jam, this Exclusive Station keeps your mood in mind. Listen now!

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This year I’m Listening has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to further support mental health initiatives and provide expert medical health access as we continue to navigate maintaining the intersection of mental and physical health in the age of COVID-19.

Audacy is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. I’m Listening aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. You can also find more resources here.

Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved, and be sure to join us for our special I'm Listening broadcast, Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on your favorite Audacy station and in the Audacy app.

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