American rapper and singer Melissa Viviane Jefferson, better known by her stage name Lizzo (/ˈlɪzoʊ/), was born on April 27, 1988. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, and relocated with her family to Houston, Texas, when she became ten years old. She relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, following her time in college, where she started her hip-hop music recording career. Prior to joining Nice Life Recording Company and Atlantic Records, Lizzo put out two studio albums: Big Grrrl Small World (2015) and Lizzobangers (2013). Coconut Oil, her debut EP on a big label, was released in 2016.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
On April 27, 1988, Melissa Viviane Jefferson was born in Detroit, Michigan. Her family moved to Houston, Texas when she was ten years old.From the time she was eleven years old until her 2006 graduation from Alief Elsik High School, where she had begun rapping, she had eight years of classical training as a flautist from Claudia Momen. She and her buddies started a band called Cornrow Clique when she was fourteen years old
It was during this time that she picked up the nickname “Lizzo,” a play on “Lissa,” after hearing Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”.At the University of Houston, she studied classical music with a focus on flute.At the age of 21, following her father’s passing, she spent a year living out of her car in an attempt to break into the music business.In 2009 and 2010, she sang lead vocals and played flute in the jazz/prog rock quintet Ellypseas. She abandoned her studies and relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011.
October 15, 2013, saw the release of Lizzo’s hip-hop-focused debut album, Lizzobangers, which was produced by Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson.
Big Grrrl Small World, Lizzo’s second studio album, was made available on December 11, 2015.On their list of the “50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015,” Spin ranked the album at number 17. Lizzo was commended by Paste’s Hilary Saunders for her “ability to rap and sing with equal tenacity.” The Broad City season three premiere included her collaboration “Let ‘Em Say” with Your Smith (then Caroline Smith).
Her third studio album’s lead song, “Juice,” was made available on January 4, 2019, via Atlantic Records. She revealed the album’s title the next month, Cuz I Love You, and it was eventually released on April 19, 2019. She made her Coachella Music Festival debut following the publication of her album.[
Lizzo’s 2017 track “Truth Hurts” gained popularity and was included in the deluxe version of Cuz I Love You. It also inspired an internet meme on the TikTok video sharing app and was featured in the 2019 Netflix film Someone Great. Cuz I Love You saw a spike in attention after becoming a viral sleeper hit , and it stayed in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for a number of months.
Since then, “Truth Hurts” has become Lizzo’s first single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100.Without a featured artist, Lizzo became the third female rapper to reach the top of the Hot 100. In addition, she made history by being the first black solo female R&B singer to debut at number one on the Hot 100 since Rihanna’s smash song “Diamonds” from 2012. One week later, on September 9, 2019, the RIAA certified Cuz I Love You as gold after more than 500,000 equivalent units were sold.
Lizzo’s flute playing is another one of her well-known talents. She started playing the flute when she was young and has carried on honing her craft into adulthood.She has played the flute in a number of her musical performances, including “Truth Hurts” at the 2019 BET Awards. She calls her flute Sasha Flute.Rihanna was among the audience members who gave her a standing ovation for her performance at the BET Awards.
Lizzo’s fourth studio album, Special, was released on July 15, 2022, and it was well-received by critics . Livestreamed on Twitch, Lizzoverse, an immersive cosmic light show experience synchronised with Special, was held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.. “About Damn Time” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after Special was released, and it stayed there for two weeks.Lizzo’s first major category win came in February 2023 when her song “About Damn Time” took home the coveted “Record of the Year” award at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
In the 2023 film Barbie, Lizzo’s original song “Pink” had an appearance. A second version was released on July 29 and featured in the motion picture “Pink (Bad Day)”. On July 21 of that year, the first rendition was included on Barbie: The Album
With a $40 million net worth, Lizzo is a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Lizzo gained popularity with her 2019 album “Cuz I Love You,” which produced the successful singles “Tempo,” “Juice,” and “Truth Hurts.”