Lizzo Is Named Entertainer Of The Year By Not 1, But 2 Publications

If you were asked this time last year who Lizzo was, chances are, you would have been confused. But now, ask anyone the same question, and chances are they’ll break out into one of her hits like “Truth Hurts” or “Good as Hell.” Now, Lizzo is being honored for her contributions. Read on to learn how she became an Entertainer of the Year.

Lizzo has been having an incredible year

Singer Lizzo | Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Lizzo started off 2019 in relative obscurity. But she was beginning to catch on and, after performing with Janelle Monae at Coachella, everything came up Lizzo. From her 2017 single “Truth Hurts” rising up the charts to her new album, Cuz I Love You, dropping, suddenly she was everyone’s favorite “new” artist.

From there, things only got better. Lizzo embarked on a sold-out tour, remained at the top of the charts for a record-breaking number of weeks, and became an in-demand presence at awards shows. She even earned more Grammy nominations than any other musician this year, with eight total. People can’t get enough of her.

Lizzo was named Entertainer of the Year by Time

So it was no surprise when Lizzo was named Entertainer of the Year by Time Magazine. Her rise to the top, despite persisting to break out for many years, is nothing short of incredible. In her interview with Samantha Irby, the writer touts the positive message behind Lizzo’s lyrics:

“Attending a Lizzo concert feels like worshipping at the church of self-love, if your preacher was a pop star living joyfully in a big black body, delivering a sermon of self-acceptance that’s as frank as it is accessible.”

What she says about breaking out in 2019

Indeed, Lizzo’s message is clear. And it’s been that way since she began. “I’ve been doing positive music for a long-ass time. Then the culture changed,” she said in the Time interview.

“There were a lot of things that weren’t popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing. Now I’ve seen it reach the mainstream,” she added.

Lizzo is also one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year

The Time cover came out on Dec. 11, 2019. Oddly enough, that’s the same day that Entertainment Weekly decided to announce its Entertainers of the Year. And among them? Naturally, Lizzo.

In addition to Lizzo, a number of other incredible stars are accounted for. Among them are actresses Awkwafina, Renée Zellweger, and Regina King. Yes, that’s an estrogen-heavy group. But they’re also joined by actor and director Taika Waititi.

On radiating self-love

Where does Lizzo’s positive message come from? Learning to embrace herself, and encouraging others to do the same. She spoke about this in her Entertainment Weekly interview, saying, “Self-love isn’t being delusional. Every day I have to remind myself to look in the physical mirror, the emotional mirror, the spiritual mirror.”

She continued. “But I don’t go, ‘Do I look like this model or this actress?’ I have to hold myself to my own standards. So am I the Lizzo that I looked like last year when I was on my juice cleanse and working out six times a week with my trainer? No. But am I a bad b****? Yes!