A singer, songwriter, and rapper with a net worth of $12 million, Lizzo is a multi-talented artist. Lizzo shot to fame with the release of her album “Cuz I Love You” in 2019, which was followed by the release of the successful singles “Juice,” “Tempo,” and “Truth Hurts.”
Among her many other accomplishments, she is responsible for the albums “Lizzobangers” and “Big Grrrl Small World,” as well as the hit single “Good as Hell.” In addition to her work as a musician, Lizzo has also made appearances in movies such as “Hustlers” and “UglyDolls.”
Lizzo Early Life And Career Beginning
Melissa Viviane Jefferson, better known by her stage name Lizzo, entered the world on April 27, 1988, in the city of Detroit, Michigan. When she was 10 years old, she relocated to Houston, Texas, with the rest of her family. There, she studied the flute under the tutelage of renowned music instructor Claudia Momen in the classical tradition.
Lizzo began her career as a rapper when she was a teenager, and at the age of 14, she and her friends established a music group known as Cornrow Clique.
She completed her secondary education at Alief Elsik High School and then went on to pursue a degree in classical music at the University of Houston. After the untimely passing of her father, Lizzo spent the next year attempting to launch a career in the music industry while living out of her vehicle. In 2011, she made the move to Minneapolis, which is located in Minnesota.
Lizzo is one half of the electro soul-pop duo Lizzo & the Larva Ink, which was formed in Minneapolis. In addition to that, she was a co-founder of the female rap group the Chalice, which consisted of three members and issued its debut album, “We Are the Chalice,” in 2012.
Lizzo Studio Albums And Mainstream Breakthrough
Lizzo released her first studio album, titled “Lizzobangers,” in October of 2013. The album featured songs with titles such as “Faded,” “Batches & Cookies,” and “Paris.” After this, she was featured alongside her former colleagues in Chalice on the song “BoyTrouble,” which was included on Prince’s album “Plectrumelectrum.”
Lizzo announced the release of her second studio album, titled “Big Grrrl Small World,” on December 11, 2015. Both “Humanize” and “My Skin” have been given their own accompanying music videos.
In 2016, following her contract with Atlantic Records, Lizzo issued “Coconut Oil,” her debut extended play (EP) on a major label. This EP was a departure from her previous releases, which were primarily centered on hip hop, and it covered subjects such as body acceptance and self-love. In addition to this, it was the first release by Lizzo to chart on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it reached its highest position at number 44. It also included the smash track “Good as Hell.”
At the beginning of 2019, Lizzo disseminated “Juice,” the lead single from her third studio album. A few months later, she disseminated the album itself, which was titled “Cuz I Love You.” The album became a commercial success for Lizzo, entering the Billboard 200 chart at position number six and eventually climbing all the way to position number four.
During the same time period, her single from 2017 titled “Truth Hurts” began to gain popularity and was finally included on the deluxe version of the album titled “Cuz I Love You.” The track quickly became Lizzo’s first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained at the top of the chart for a total of seven weeks. Her other hit, which was titled “Good as Hell,” also placed in the top three.
As a teenager, Lizzo opened for Har Mar Superstar and also sang in his band as a member of the group. After that, she and St. Paul and the Broken Bones played “A Change is Gonna Come.” Late Show with David Letterman” included Lizzo as a musical guest in October of 2014, and later she performed at Coachella for the first time.
She then went on to perform at the 2019 BET Awards, Glastonbury Festival, and the Indianapolis and Sacramento Pride Festivals, among other places. She debuted as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in December of 2019 and headlined FOMO Festival the following year, performing to a packed house at Sydney Opera House. Lizzo then performed a medley of “Truth Hurts” and “Cuz I Love You” to open the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Lizzo Music Awards
At the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards for Push Artist of the Year and Best New Act, Lizzo was nominated. Additionally, Lizzo garnered eight nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which made her the most nominated artist of 2017. She ended up taking home three awards that night: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts.” Other awards that Lizzo has received include the Billboard Music Award and the Soul Train Music Award.
Lizzo Film Career
Lizzo made her debut in the acting world in the 2019 animated musical comedy “UglyDolls,” in which she provided the voice for the role of Lydia. Later on in the year, she had a starring role as a stripper named Liz in the criminal comedy “Hustlers,” where she starred in person. She appeared in the same film as celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Mercedes Ruehl, and Cardi B, who is also a rapper.
Lizzo Personal Life And Activism
Lizzo has been a target of body shaming throughout her life and career and is now a vocal proponent of body positivity, confidence, and self-love. Her backup dancers, the Big Grrrls, are all plus-size women to improve their visibility.
While commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in June 2019, the online magazine Queerty named Lizzo a “trailblazing individual who actively ensures society remains moving towards equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people.” When asked about her own sexuality, Lizzo said she doesn’t “ascribe to just one thing.” Lizzo has a sizable fan base she has dubbed “Lizzbians.”