Queen Latifah 'Unable to Accept' Marian Anderson Award for Personal Reasons


The rapper/actress was slated to look on the Nov. 20 awards gala named for the legendary opera singer.

Queen Latifah is “unable to simply accept” an award named for a pioneering opera singer, citing private causes.

The Marian Anderson Award made the announcement on its web site. The group wasn’t extra express, and Queen Latifah’s spokeswoman didn’t instantly return an electronic mail Friday (Oct. 12).

The award is given in Philadelphia to critically acclaimed artists for his or her humanitarian work. Anderson was the primary black singer to carry out on the Metropolitan Opera.

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

Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah received a Grammy for her 1994 album Black Reign and earned an Oscar nomination for her position in 2002′s Chicago. The group says its Nov. 20 awards gala has been postponed and will likely be rescheduled, and it “hopes to honor Queen Latifah sooner or later.”