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Queen Latifah says personal reasons are why she’s “unable to accept” an award named after a pioneering opera singer, Page Six reports.

The Marian Anderson Award made the announcement on its website that the 20th Anniversary gala and concert have been postponed. Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

The award is given in Philadelphia to critically acclaimed artists for their humanitarian work. Past winners have included Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, and Quincy Jones.

Queen Latifah won a Grammy for her 1994 album “Black Reign” and earned an Oscar nomination for her role in 2002’s “Chicago.”

The organization says the gala will be rescheduled, and it “hopes to honor Queen Latifah in the future.”

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