Without a doubt, 2019 will forever be known as the ‘Year of Lizzo.’ The artist has gained mainstream success across national and international charts, with her bops and ballads proclaiming self-love above all else. Lizzo and her band performed on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” music series on Monday morning – and did NOT disappoint. Click here to watch the full performance.
(The video does contain explicit language.)
The artist performed three songs from her hit album, Cuz I Love You, released in April as her third album and first major-label debut. Her first song, “Cuz I Love You,” is a powerful love ballad that blends her love of pop, hip-hop, R&B, with a dash of gospel and neo-soul.
Her second performance, “Truth Hurts,” has recently been ranked sixth on Billboard Top 100. And one can see why – leaning more towards trap music, the song got the large crowd (the largest, according to NPR Music) bumping and moving.
But it’s her closing song, “Juice,” which remains one of her most popular tunes. What could make it better? Half-way into her number, Lizzo pulls out her flute for a solo performance. Born Melissa Viviane Jefferson, Lizzo was a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Classical Flute Performance and has since performed with the flute (nicknamed Sasha, with a following nearing 200,000) in several live and recording performances.
Lizzo segues are equally soulful. Between her shouts of ‘Halleluah’ and expletive-laden humor is a message of love. “If you can love my big black ass in this tiny, tiny little desk,” she quips to laughter and applause from the crowd. “You can love yourself.” The 17-minute performance is guaranteed to get you moving.
If you’re still craving for more, listen below to a playlist of Lizzo’s popular hits, available on Spotify.