Erykah Badu is being honored in her hometown.
According to the Dallas Observer, Badu will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in her birth city Dallas, TX. The “Window Seat” singer will receive the accolade at this year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards on Dec. 10.
“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. 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,” wrote Preston Jones of the Dallas Observer.
Jones also noted Badu’s “persistent engagement with the city she continues to call home.” She made her debut appearance at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas this past June. At the event, Badu spoke on her appreciation for those who attended the event. “I want you to know I appreciate you greatly for following us,” she said. “Understanding or not understanding, you’re still here. I’m waiting for you to understand. I’m patient.”
Over the years, Badu has made quite an impact on her city, as Dallas residents petitioned for Robert E. Lee Park to be named after her back in 2017. According to VIBE, a supporter of the petition wrote at the time, “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. Naming a local park after her would go a long way toward making up for that misstep, for sure.”