- By Ken Werther
Here’s what happened. I was laying on my bed watching Saturday Night Live. Half distracted, really. Then it came time for the musical guest, and there she was. Lizzo. I was mesmerized. The fact that I’d never seen or heard of her before that moment totally gives away my age, right? Nonetheless, what happened to me is exactly what artists, record companies, and music producers want — I made an amazing discovery and immediately went hunting for more information and more music!
Lizzo (Melissa Viviane Jefferson) was recently nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won three, for Pop Solo Performance (Truth Hurts), Traditional R&B Performance (Jerome), and Urban Contemporary Album (Cuz I Love You Deluxe). In December, Time Magazine named her ‘Entertainer of the Year’ for her meteoric rise and contribution to music. After struggling with body issues at an early age, Lizzo became an advocate for body positivity and self-love, making diversity the focus of her music in regards to one’s body, sexuality, race, and more. Did I mention that she’s also an actress and a classically trained flutist? It’s incredible to think that when her single Truth Hurts (2017) initially failed to catch fire she seriously considered quitting the music industry altogether. Asked about her gender and sexuality, Lizzo said, “I personally don’t ascribe to just one thing … that’s why the LGBTQ colors are a rainbow!” I think I’m in love.
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