This post talks about the success story of Melissa Viviane Jefferson, popularly known as “Lizzo”, who is a famous american singer, songwriter, rapper and an actress too. TIME magazine listed her in top 14 music artists worth watching. Last year in 2019, she was named as “Entertainer of the Year” by TIME magazine for her success and contributions she made to the music industry.
She is famous for her amazing talent of playing flute. She has performed many times since her childhood playing flute. Her flute name is “SASHA FLUTE”.
Lizzo was born in Detroit, Michigan. She has kept details of her parents secret from the outer world. Although it is known that she has two sisters and their family moved to the Houston, Texas at the later stage. She lost her father at the age of 21. She is a graduate from Alief Elsik High School and studied classical music from University of Houston, with specialization in playing flute.
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Height and Weight
|Date of Birth||27 April 1988|
|Place of Birth||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Height (centimeters)||178 cm, 1.78 m|
|Height||5 feet 10 inches|
|Weight||140 kg, 309 Pounds|
|Net Worth||USD 10 million|
Lizzo has interest in singing and rapping from her early childhood days. She started rapping as a teenager and formed a musical group “Cornrow Clique” at the age of 14. This was the time in her life when she renamed herself to “Lizzo” after getting inspired from a song “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” by Jay-Z.
Later in 2011, she moved to Minneapolis and started performing with various groups. Her debut album “Lizzobangers” was a hip hop and was released in 2013. That album was a huge success. Then she toured with “Har Mar Superstar” in the fall of 2013. In 2014, she shared the stage with St. Paul and the Broken Bones and performed “A Change Is Gonna Come”.
Later, she was seen in StyleLikeU’s “What’s Underneath” project where she shared her views about her body and wrote “My Skin”, describing it as “The Thesis Statement” for her next album.
One of her famous about her body was :
” You can wake up and change many things about your appearance, but the inevitability of waking up in your skin is what unifies us.”
In 2014, she was appeared in album “Plectrumelectrum” in collaboration with Prince & 3rdEyeGirl. She also appeared as guest in the musical show “Late Show with David Letterman”.
Her second album “Big Grrrl Small World” was released in 2015. She hosted the live music performance show “Wonderland” in 2016. Her first extended play “Coconut Oil” also released in the same year. Her lead single from the same album “Good as Hell” was released in the film “Barbershop: The Next Cut”. That extended play received huge applause from all over the world. She started 2018 with a tour with Haim and Florence and the Machine.
In addition to that, she also gave voice performance in “UglyDolls” and “Hustlers”. In 2017, her singles “Water me” was released which was a more than 7 million views.
In 2019, her third album released with the release of “Juice” singles and later her next album “Cuz I Love You” was released. She was also seen performing at Coachella Music Festival. All this brought her mainstream attention, and she was ranked among top charts on Billboard. Her song “Minnesota Vikings” from album “Truth Hurts” was among the top 100 songs on Billboard for more than 7 weeks. She has performed this song while playing flute at “2019 BET Awards”.
In summer 2019, she has regularly performed at many programs including Glastonbury Festival and Sacramento pride festival. Her 2016 single “Good as Hell” was also again featured in the Billboard charts again this year.
She was a musical guest at “Saturday Night Live” hosted by Eddie Murphy, and also performed at Sydney Opera House.
On Magazine Covers
Lizzo has been featured on the cover page of many magazines, few of them are :
- Rolling Stone
Social Media Instagram
Lizzo has huge fan following on her Instagram profile with more than 8.5 million followers
Studio Albums released
|Album Name||Release Date|
|Lizzobangers||15 October 2013|
|Big Grrrl Small World||11 December 2015|
|Cuz I Love You||19 April 2019|
Guest Appearance with other Artists
She has also appeared as guest in songs / albums of other artists as well.
|Song Title||Year of Release||Artist Name|
|Give It to Mikey||2012||Mike Mictlan|
|I Still Love H.E.R.||2012||Greg Grease|
|What We Do||2013||Buddakao|
|Keep Diggin’||2013||Mixed Blood Majority|
|They Can’t Come||2013||P.O.S|
|Cold Shoulder||2014||Sean Anonymous & DJ Name|
|New Eyes||2014||Clean Bandit|
|Boytrouble||2014||Prince and 3rdeyegirl|
|Torn Apart||2014||Bastille, GRADES|
|Big Bang||2015||Sean Anonymous & Dimitry Killstorm|
|Puffer (Lazerbeak Remix)||2016||Speedy Ortiz|
|Errybody Say Love||2018||RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 4 cast|
|Don’t Funk It Up||2018||RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 4 cast|
|A Change Is Gonna Come||2020||–|
|Hands Up Don’t Shoot!||2015||N.A.S.A.|
|Blame It on Your Love||2019||Charli XCX|
Lizzo has appeared on TV in the following shows.
|TV Show Title||Year of Telecast|
|Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio||2016|
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TV shows Appearance as Guest
|Year of Release||TV shows as Guest Appearance|
|2014||Made in Chelsea: NYC|
|2014||Late Show with David Letterman|
|2015||The Late Show with Stephen Colbert|
|2016||Sooo Many White Guys|
|2016||Full Frontal with Samantha Bee|
|2017, 2018||Trivial Takedown|
|2018||Articulate with Jim Cotter|
|2018||Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler|
|2018||RuPaul’s Drag Race|
|2019||The Ellen DeGeneres Show|
|2019||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon|
|2019||The Daily Show with Trevor Noah|
|2019||2 Dope Queens|
|2019||C à vous|
|2019||Neo Magazin Royale|
|2019||The Jonathan Ross Show|
|2019||Saturday Night Live|
Appearance in Music Videos
Lizzo has been featured in many music videos as lead artist
|Song Title||Year of Release||Remarks|
|Batches & Cookies||2013||Featuring Sophia Eris|
|Bus Passes And Happy Meals||2014||–|
|Let ‘Em Say||2014||Caroline Smith|
|Good As Hell||2016||Version 1|
|Cuz I Love You||2019||–|
|Tempo||2019||Featuring Missy Elliot|
|Good As Hell||2019||Version 2|
Lizzo has lead following concerts and tours till date
|Name of Tour||Year|
|MAHA Music Festival||2019|
|Good as Hell Tour||2017|
|Cuz I Love You Tour||2019|
|Cuz I Love You Too Tour||2019|
Upcoming 2020 Tour details
|31 July – 2 Aug||Fri-Sun||Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Canada|
|24 Sep – 27 Sep||Thu-Sun||Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN|
While lizzo has been nominated for numerous awards, she has won following of them
|Name of Award||Award Category||Year|
|Apple Music Awards||Breakthrough Artist of the Year||2019|
|Grammy Awards||Best Urban Contemporary Album||2020|
|Grammy Awards||Best Pop Solo Performance||2020|
|Grammy Awards||Best Traditional R&B Performance||2020|
|Rober Awards Music Prize||Anthem||2019|
|Rober Awards Music Prize||Song of the Year||2019|
|Rober Awards Music Prize||Best R&B||2019|
|Rolling Stone’s International Music Awards||Style||2019|
|Soul Train Music Awards||Video of the Year||2019|
|Soul Train Music Awards||Album/Mixtape of the Year||2019|
Lizzo, along with many international celebrities, was seen together at a campaign “One World : Together at Home”, intended to promote social distancing as a preventive measure against COVID-19 epidemic.
Some Other Facts
- All the members of her group of back-up dancers were “Plus-size” dancers.
- She has got a big LGBTQ+ following and she call her fans “Lizzibians”.
- named as “Entertainer of the year” at the 51st NAACP Image Awards.
- She quit Twitter this year due to too many people trolling her for her body size.
- Collaborated with global eyewear company “Quay Australia” in 2020 for charitable collections.
- Supported in the fight against COVID-19 by sending lunch to many hospitals staff in U.S. in April 2020.