It’s time to admit that this year belongs to Lizzo.
Her 2017 single “Truth Hurts” made it to number one on the Billboard charts, she became the face of Urban Decay’s new campaign, and Barack Obama featured her on his summer playlist. Long story short, Lizzo is that bitch. And she proved herself once again at the MTV VMAs (video below).
The “Juice” singer took to the VMAs stage for the first time and performed her hits “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell” in front of a giant inflatable butt and the audience was feeling every minute of it. Even Queen Latifah, yes, the Queen Latifah, was cheering our girl on.
Besides putting on a banging performance, one of the most amazing things about Lizzo’s set was the fact that all of her dancers were beautiful, full-bodied black women. Many rocked Afro wigs, which they snatched off in celebration to reveal beautiful, braided natural hair. Not only did she shine light and positivity, but she used her set to celebrate black women and our features that are both loved and hated at the same time. Seeing carefree black women enjoying themselves on stage had to be one of the best moments of the night.
After chugging a bedazzled bottle of tequila, Lizzo took some time to have a heart to heart with the audience. She said,
“Let me talk to ya’ll for a second. I’m tired of the bullshit, and I don’t have to know your story to know that you’re tired of the bullshit too. It’s so hard trying to love yourself in a world that doesn’t love you back. So I want to take this opportunity right now to just feel good as hell because you deserve to feel good as hell.”
Lizzo has long been synonymous with body-positivity and self-love but one of the great things about her is that she’s always honest with her fans about how the journey to self-love isn’t always the easiest.
She recently spoke with NPR about the emotional struggle that comes with loving and embracing your body.
“I think that there is something to emotions and vulnerability and expressing those emotions in a more vulnerable way to yourself that I think we haven’t tapped into. And I think there’s also something to realizing that bad days are still self-loving days, and you can still practice self-care on bad days because these are the days that aren’t really glamorized or talked about or commercialized yet. … It gets real nitty and gritty, and it gets real deep and it gets real dark, and I think that that’s the next step to talking about self-love in this mainstream space.”
We love a self-aware queen!
Honestly, should we expect anything less from Lizzo? Every single one of her songs makes sure that the listener knows their worth. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when listening to Lizzo and real talk, do we even deserve a gem like her?
Unfortunately, Lizzo did not go home with any awards but that’s okay because she left everyone feeling good as hell.
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and check out Lizzo’s performance above.
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Alysia Stevenson is a twenty-seven New York City transplant currently living in Florida with her boyfriend and three furbabies. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.