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Hello B*tch! Word On The Street Says Lizzo Is ‘Time’s Entertainer Of The Year

Hello B*tch! Word On The Street Says Lizzo Is ‘Time’s Entertainer Of The Year

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It’s the year of Lizzo and a turn up for being 100% That Bitch! And if you need any pointers, seek Lizzo herself for inspiration, as Time has named the body-positive artist its Entertainer Of The Year.

Lizzo didn’t just magically appear as a God-send from out of thin air, however. She has spent nearly a decade on the road, performing in shows for little to nothing, all while sleeping and living her her car, as she honed the craft of being her own cheerleader.

A classically trained flutist, Lizzo (a nickname combining Lissa and Jay-Z’s song “Izzo”), was born Melissa Jefferson in Detroit before moving to Houston at the age of 10. There, she recorded and performed in an “electro-soul” duo called Lizzo & the Larva Ink and an all-female rap group called the Chalice, which “appeared on a 2014 Prince song. It wasn’t until 2013 when she hit the road as a solo artist; she eventually signed with Atlantic Records in 2016.

“I’ve been doing positive music for a long-ass time, she tells Samantha Irby of the NYT. “Then the culture changed. 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.” Lizzo adds, “Now I’ve seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I’m mainstream! How could we have guessed something like this would happen when we’ve never seen anything like this before?”

In a time when being curvaceous wasn’t as popular, Lizzo carved out space one bodysuit, one performance, and one Scuse Me at a time.

“I think it’s healthy to have a relationship with your naked body, even if no one ever sees it,” she says. “But I’ve always felt the need to share it.”

And share it she did.

The Better in Color singer was all in black when she showed up at a Lakers vs Timberwolves NBA basketball game wearing a NSFW (well in Lizzo’s case, ‘if you got it, flaunt it’ and if you don’t, flaunt it anyway) outfit on Dec 9 in Los Angeles.

What sent many on social media’s panties into a bunch is what happened during the game’s halftime segment.

At halftime, the Laker Girls danced to Lizzo’s hit Juice, and that was all the juice that the Grammy-nominated singer needed to get up and twerk along, revealing that her black T-shirt dress came with a little something extra - super special surprise --a cutout backside that came with a conveniently-matching thong.

There were some who praised Lizzo for doing as Lizzo does, loving her body and everything that comes along with it, a little extra with a side piece of Bitch-ness,

While others were cheering for Lizzo, others were crying foul with body shaming and smart remarks on social media.

Coming from a person who thinks that “it’s healthy to have a relationship with your naked body, even if no one ever see it” and who has “always felt the need to share it,” Lizzo was totally unbothered.

‘Showing her ass’ is someone she’s always been known for, as well as not letting the Crybabies get to her. Like a Girl, Lizzo responded with a livestream Instagram video, expressing Exactly How she Feels.

“Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself. Your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me. Negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions.” Lizzo goes on to say, “I'm the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m surrounded by love, and I just want to spread that love and spread these cheeks.”

And if you must know, “if you really, really don’t like my ass, you can kiss it. Cause kissing it makes it go away, I promise.”

Despite all the assiness Lizzo has been proudly throwing around, the “B.G.S.W.” singer has not always been in a great mental space despite preaching self-empowerment.

“From March to … now! I was experiencing a little bit of unhappiness. I was not happy with the way I felt my body. I didn’t feel sexy, and I didn’t know when it was going to end. There were times when I would go onstage and be like, ‘Y’all, I’m not going to lie. I’m not feeling myself.’ Sometimes I’d break down and cry,” Lizzo said. With her audience cheering for her to make her feel better, Lizzo mentions, “I was like, What the f-ck is going on? I need to fall back in love with my body.” Lizzo has been working it out by getting her mental in order and regaining her bearings with a therapist.

Besides putting in the groundwork, Lizzo rose to stardom and fame when her originally 2017-released “Truth Hurts” appeared in the Netflix movie Someone Great. The song then went on to top the Billboard Hot 100. But it was her third album, Cuz I Love You that earned her eight Grammy nominations.

“I have to bite my tongue on certain things,” she says. “When people challenge my talent, they challenge whether I deserve to be here. They challenge my blackness. I’m like, ‘Oh! I can easily just let your ass know right now in 132 characters why you’re f-cking wrong.’”

Because “being a Black woman is popping,” she’s getting their due in mainstream culture. Lizzo has earned her spot as Time Entertainer Of The Year.

For now, Bye B*tch!