Lizzo‘s short, but storied career may see her mostly make headlines for inciting discussions around body positivity and challenging the standard of beauty, but she’s quietly making waves in other hot topic arenas as well such as race, sexuality, and surprisingly, at just 31-years-old, age.
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With the ascent of her 2017 single, ‘Truth Hurts,’ to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week the singer/rapper became the seventh femcee in the chart’s 61-year history to earn a #1 single (click here to read more). However, her age attributes a unique feature to her ownership of the position as she is the only member of the exclusive septet to have nabbed the placement in her 30s. Furthermore, as of time reported, she’s not only the fourth female act of any genre over the age of 30 to LEAD a #1 single this decade she’s also the first woman of color since Mariah Carey to do so [see: 2008’s ‘Touch My Body’].
Could and should this encourage a broader conversation as the 2010s draw to a close?
Granted, the past 9 years may have seen no shortage of female chart-toppers (see: Cardi B, Katy Perry, Adele, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and many more), but there’s certainly been a dearth of ladies over 30 who can boast soaring to the summit as leaders. Even the likes of Beyonce and Christina Aguilera, who saw their names printed in the top spot in the past decade, only did so as featured acts of male-led songs. Conversely, there have been over a dozen male acts over 30 – solo or otherwise – who have topped the charts since January 1, 2010 (see: Flo Rida, Drake, Eminem, Pitbull, DJ Khaled, and more).
The discussion topic is by no means new as there were significantly less female than male acts to hit #1 in the noughties. The current issue? The 2010s produced less than half of the women crowned Queen of charts than its predecessor. In fact, despite being one of the four female acts to join the elite ’30 and up club’ alongside Lizzo, Sia, and Lady Gaga, P!nk – who has had two #1 singles in the past 9 years – tackled discussion about ageism in the music industry in late 2017 when she said “radio doesn’t play you when you’re over 35 unless you’re Beyonce” (click here to read more). Albeit a limited statement as Bey is certainly grouped among those in an age group generally shut out by radio, the overarching point remains an enduring truth: women over 30 don’t get the kind of chart love their male counterparts enjoy.
With this in mind, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – to ask: