Why Lizzo Calls Her 3 Grammys ‘F*cking Weird’ (and the Award She’s Most Proud of)

As a singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist, Lizzo has made a name for herself in the music industry. When she went from relatively unknown artist to the person with the most Grammy nominations in one year, few were surprised. But there’s one thing about her awards that Lizzo finds to be a little odd.

Lizzo broke out as an artist in 2019

Lizzo performs at Mojave Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California.
Lizzo performs at Mojave Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019, in Indio, California. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

The artist hit it big with a series of events that occurred nearly simultaneously. On April 19, 2020, Lizzo dropped her first album with Atlantic Records, Cuz I Love You. That same day, the Netflix film, Someone Great, debuted, featuring her 2017 song “Truth Hurts.” And that weekend, she performed at Coachella.

As “Truth Hurts” rose to sleeper-hit status, Lizzo became a household name. The song was included on the deluxe version of the album, so it and another previous release — “Good as Hell” — along with her new singles “Juice” and “Tempo,” gained popularity at the same time, earning the artist a place in history.

She considered quitting the business before

Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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Lizzo isn’t the first artist to have her older songs become hits years later. But the speed with which her music took over pop culture was unprecedented. While this was a joyous occasion for the musician, who has also pursued a career in film (she had a small role in the 2019 movie Hustlers), it came after years of hard work.

“I just felt like I was throwing music into the world and not even making a splash,” Lizzo told Elle of how she wanted to quit in 2017. “I said, “If I stop making music now, nobody would fucking care.'” A producer convinced her to keep going, of which she said, “I’m so grateful I did, but it was by the skin of my teeth.”

Lizzo’s Grammys are in different genres

Now, she’s a major award-winning musician. On music’s biggest night, the Grammys, Lizzo was up for eight awards — the most of any artist in 2020. She took home the Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts,” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome.”

“These Grammys are interesting to me because this is an R&B, urban, pop Grammy — in the same year,” Lizzo told Vogue in a September 2020 interview, showing them off. “So that’s kind of f*cking weird.” She added, “But I’m grateful. I’m grateful that the Grammys understands I’m multi-faceted and complex.”

The award she’s ‘so proud of’

Despite the notoriety of the Grammys, Lizzo has a special place in her heart for an award she won the year before. “I’m so proud of my Soul Train award for Album of the Year,” she said. “This was so unexpected, and it was the first time I had ever won an award at an award show like this.”

Lizzo continued, referring to the event in which she also won Video of the Year for “Juice” as “a very very very big deal.” “This changed my life,” she said of the award. Lizzo also commented on her “incredible” NAACP Image awards (including Entertainer of the Year) saying, “I got to go on stage and give a speech, and I was so nervous.”