Jay Z’s ‘Made In America Festival,’ Where Lizzo & SZA Were Set To Headline, Canceled Due To ‘Severe Circumstances’

Jay Z’s ‘Made In America Festival,’ Where Lizzo & SZA Were Set To Headline, Canceled Due To ‘Severe Circumstances’

Sad news for “Made In America” fans.

Earlier today (Aug. 8), the festival announced that this year’s event has been canceled due to “severe circumstances outside of production’s control.”

A statement uploaded to several of their official social media accounts read:

“Due to severe circumstances outside of production control, the 2023 Made In America festival will no longer be taking place. This decision has been difficult and has not been made lightly nor without immense deliberation.”

And continued:

“Made in America has a legacy of delivering exceptional experiences for music fans and concert goers, and it is our commitment to always deliver a top-tier festival experience. We look forward to returning to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the great city of Philadelphia in 2024.”

The city’s Mayor also spoke out about the canceled event, writing to Twitter:

“I’m disappointed to hear that the 2023 @MIAFestival will not be taking place. We’re grateful to the partners and festival goers who have contributed to this event’s incredible success over the years, and we look forward to bringing MIA back to the Parkway next year.”

At this time there has been no single official reason for the festival’s cancelation, however, many suspect the ongoing legal troubles of Lizzo, who was to co-headline the show, might be the reason the event was pulled.

As we’ve been covering, Lizzo is facing damaging allegations after several of her tour dancers accused the musician of weight shaming, sexual harassment, and fostering a hostile work environment. The individuals filed a lawsuit against the singer, which also claimed wrongful termination. Lizzo has since spoken out, denying all the accusations.

“Made In America” was founded by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z who first launched the series back in 2012. This year’s star-studded lineup was set to also see R&B princess SZA as a co-headliner and slated other talents such as Ice SpiceLatto, Coi Leray, Coco Jones, Lil Yatchy, Metro BoominMase and Cam’ron to perform as well. The event was originally set to be two days, from September 2nd – 3rd, before it was canceled. All who purchased tickets will be automatically refunded per the official statement from the festival’s announcement post.


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Authored by: Kay Johnson