Lizzo Shares Songs and Powerful Message During Her Tiny Desk Concert

There’s no one quite like Lizzo right now. She’s can sing and play the flute. She’s performed at Coachella, she’s been a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and now, she’s finally getting a feature on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series. Here’s what the performer had to say to fans between belting out songs.

Of course, Lizzo’s Tiny Desk Concert has an explicit language warning

This year has definitely been the year of Lizzo. Her song “Truth Hurts” burst into mainstream pop music after being featured on Netflix’s Someone Great. She’s been a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, with “Good As Hell” featured as the lip-sync song of the night. She even posted a viral video of herself dressed as Ursula singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

Fans fell in love with her confident and empowering personality, from strutting around the airport in her Met Gala coat to recording a song with Charli XCX. Yet, despite her success, Lizzo never performed at a Tiny Desk Concert before. The singer explained that she’s been wanting to do this for a long time and this was her day to do it.

“Can I get an amen?” she asked the crowd before performing “Cuz I Love You.”

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Lizzo | Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images

Lizzo performed ‘Cuz I Love You,’ ‘Truth Hurts,’ and ‘Juice’

Yes, Lizzo belts out emotional songs and dabs her sweat with toilet paper during this performance, but she also talks about the spectrum and polarity of people. From girls to guys to gender non-conforming people, they can all be a little annoying sometimes.

“Love it love, man, love is love,” Lizzo said between songs. “You were so great until you weren’t, you know what I’m saying. That’s the truth, and the truth hurts sometimes.”

She then started singing her hit song, “Truth Hurts.” Aside from her gender-queer positive message, Lizzo has often been an advocate for body positivity. Of course, she mentions loving herself during her tiny desk concert, after a performance of her song “Juice.”

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Lizzo | Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images

Surprise! Lizzo can play the jazz flute

As her signature “hidden” talent, Lizzo whipped out her flute during her final song, “Juice.” She’s done this a few times before, often showcasing her love of the “jazz flute.” Before finishing her Tiny Desk Concert, the singer shared her gratitude with her band and her fans.

“This is really really special,” Lizzo said. “I want to thank the band for killing it. I want to thank the team for making me look so cute. I want to thank all of you here at NPR for coming out, I heard this is one of the biggest crowds they’ve ever had. And you came out for big a** old me. I just want everyone to remember if you can love me. You can love yourself. Every single day. If you can love my big black a** at this tiny, tiny little desk, you can love yourself.”

Lizzo’s latest album Cuz I Love You is available for listening on Spotify, Apple Music, and most music streaming platforms.