Lizzo Lights Up Billboard / Talks Meteoric Rise, Striving To Be Irreplaceable, & More

Published: Thursday 19th Sep 2019 by Sam

Lizzo is the name on everyone’s lips – and a pretty firm fixture on their playlists too.

The Houston native has come to embody the age old reality that most “overnight successes” are indeed years in the making.

A hustler on the indie circuit for almost a decade, her eventual signing to a major label didn’t yield immediate fruit.

And while the viral-ness of catchy jam ‘Juice’ was initially hoped to become her big break, it was a song from three-years prior that would not only become her breakthrough – it became a Billboard #1. That track being ‘Truth Hurts.’

With the song currently enjoying its third week atop of the tally, the 31-year-old covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine – which dubs as the Grammy 2020 preview edition.

Her appearance is notable given that despite its age and availability in the marketplace, ‘Truth’ is eligible in major Grammy categories – given that it was added on the deluxe edition of her major label debut ‘Cuz I Love You.’

Head below for snaps from the stunning Heather Hazzan lensed spread, as well as word from Lizzo on everything from her rise to Pop prominence, her approach to performance, and much more.

 On Finding Success As A Pop Star:

“I saw myself as a successful musician, and I visualized it like, ‘Man, I want to have a career like Björk, where I can put out albums and do exclusive shows and do a whole flute album like that bitch did. This sh*t is way different. I’m like, ‘VMAs, BET Awards?’ That is wild to me.”

On Her Stage Persona:

“I can do anything, you know? You want a polished, choreographed performance? I can give you that. You want a wild rock’n’roll show? I can give you that. You want to feel like you’re in church? I can give you that.

I’ve always had to turn haters into congratulators. That’s the thing with my songs and my live shows: I’ve never lost that mentality of ‘I have to win you over,’ and I’m never going to, because I didn’t learn that way. I have muscle memory in this.”

On Her Inner-Circle:

“I felt like we had to prove ourselves, of course, because we were so young, and we’re young black women in the industry. But we believed in ourselves, and we believed in the projects, and fighting for creative integrity wasn’t difficult.”

On Striving To Be Irreplaceable:

 “There’s that pop moment, when people can’t really replace you. They’re like, ‘What is this? I can only get this here,’ ” she says. “That’s that good sh*t. That’s that pure sh*t.”

More power to her!

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: Heather Hazzan / Billboard]

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  1. Only Facts September 19, 2019

    This b**** is GORGEOUS!!! AND she’s going to win a GRAMMY. Love her!

    • Only Facts September 19, 2019

      BUT, as much as I love her, lets not act like her songs aren’t reminiscent of Megan Trainor. Ricky Reed who produces a lot of Megan’s songs producers for Lizzo…

      I love me some Lizzo…but, facts are facts.

      • Paulo September 19, 2019

        I get it and I’m a fan of Meghan too but Lizzo definitely elevated the style. Kinda like RedOne with Kat DeLuna and Lady GaGa.

  2. Clarkson September 19, 2019

    How long is she going to use the “look at me I’m fat” narrative.

    Azealia banks called her a modern day mammy, and it’s the truth. If she was thin, I dont think she would have a career.

    • Swirly September 19, 2019

      Lizzo is using her TALENT. She just happens to be big and accepting of her body. Lizzo is an all-around ENTERTAINER. Something the industry hasn’t seen in quite some time. I was once an unbeliever, and saw her as a gimmick but baby you can’t deny that talent.

      • SMH September 19, 2019

        Oh please, she the industry’s anti-skinny-with-long-weave pc pop star of the moment, a GIMMICK. Trust me, this industry will be over her quick, just like they were with Megan Trainor, Susan Boyle, and every other fat chick that caught their attention for a minute.

      • Haterz Gon‘ Hate September 19, 2019

        But the fact is your life is a non starter so you never even began let alone be over. Lizzo is NUMBER 1 in the whole of the country with discography behind her already and legions of fans and TALENT. Remember talent NEVER dies but stupidity and ignorance is forever (I’m talking about you FYI) FOH.

    • Paulo September 19, 2019

      She didn’t mention her body. You made it about her body. Now while her thick ass talent is Grammy bound your troll behind will watch your talentless Cantmilla Goatello clap from losers aisle. Let that sink in

    • Only Facts September 19, 2019

      She said nothing about her weight in this article. The GP makes her weight an issue for no reason. A beautiful black woman that happens to be plus sized and confident in her skin is a gimmick? Idiot.

  3. Namo September 19, 2019

    She’s not humble, she’s taking the wrong lane.

    • Swirly September 19, 2019

      Most celebrities aren’t. At least Lizzo has the talent to back it up.

    • Dc September 19, 2019

      Exactly very arrogant took her 2 years to get truth hurts up charts

  4. Shayla Queen September 19, 2019

    Björk has more talent in her little finger than you have in your entire LARGE body. But you TRIED it!

  5. Dc September 19, 2019

    A little arrogant too early only 1 hit.

  6. SMH September 19, 2019

    Well, she better ride her plus-sized gimmick as long as she can, the industry doesn’t fawn over obese artist for very long, and neither does the general public.

  7. Barb-wire/ Stallion Hottie September 19, 2019

    Smh y’all some hating ass H*** in these comments. Any black woman winning is a fave of mine any day. What I will never do is support am illiterate culture vulture Latina who can’t rap to save her “hanging by a thread” flop career.


    Btw: Stream Cash s*** and Hot Girl Summer ???

    • ?? JasMAN’s Nut Juice ?? ? September 19, 2019

      Guzzle it down b|tch!

  8. Tyty September 19, 2019

    She is pretty a large amount of Americans are fat like her so I’m not sure why everyone in this comment section harping in about weight when aesthetically she looks like the average American woman. ????

    • Tyty September 19, 2019

      You got trans, gays, transracial people, binary folks running around the place so miss me with the gimmick or fat agenda bs.

  9. Tnc September 19, 2019

    Lol Lizzo has y’all mad. Blame it on her juice!

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