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Lizzo performing at Boston Calling in May 2016
Background information
Birth nameMelissa Viviane Jefferson[1]
Born (1988-04-27) April 27, 1988 (age 31)[2]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • presenter
  • rapper
  • Vocals
  • flute
Years active2010–present

Melissa Viviane Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), known professionally as Lizzo, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and presenter. She is a founding member of indie hip hop groups The Chalice, Grrrl Prty, The Clerb,[3] Ellypseas,[4] and Absynthe.[5] Her debut album, Lizzobangers, was released in 2013.[6] She released her second album, Big Grrrl Small World, in 2015.

After the release of Big Grrrl Small World, she was signed to Atlantic Records.[7] Soon afterward, she released the 2016 major-label EP Coconut Oil. On April 19, 2019, she released Cuz I Love You, her third studio album.[8]

Life and career[edit]

Lizzo was born in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10 her family relocated to Houston, Texas.[9] She moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011. She began her career in rapping while living in Texas.[10] Lizzo started rapping as a teenager in the Southwest Alief part of Houston, Texas, which is known as “the SWAT". At the age of 14 she formed a group called Cornrow Clique with her best friends.[11] In Minneapolis, she performed with indie groups including the electro soul-pop duo, Lizzo & the Larva Ink.[12] During this time she helped form three-piece all-female rap/R&B group, The Chalice. In 2012, The Chalice released their first album, We Are the Chalice, which was locally successful.[13]

Lizzobangers, Lizzo's debut album produced by Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson,[14] was released on October 15, 2013 to regional and national success.[15] The album focuses on hip-hop.[16] Lizzo toured the US and UK in the fall of 2013 opening for Har Mar Superstar, and additionally sang with his band.[17][18] In October 2013, Lizzo won City Pages' "Picked to Click" award for best new Twin Cities artist.[19] The following month Time named her one of 14 music artists to watch in 2014.[20]

On June 1, 2014, Lizzo shared the stage with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, performing "A Change Is Gonna Come" together.[21] On October 7, 2014, Lizzo appeared as the musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.[22]

In September 2014, Lizzo was featured alongside her Chalice bandmates Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune on the song "BoyTrouble" on Prince and 3rdEyeGirl's album Plectrumelectrum.[23] On working with Prince, Lizzo says the experience was "surreal... almost like a fairytale" and that it was "something I will never actually get over".[24]

Big Grrrl Small World was released on December 11, 2015.[25] Lizzo's first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, was released on October 7, 2016.[26]

Lizzo appeared as a guest judge on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[27]

In 2018, Lizzo toured both with Haim and Florence and the Machine[28] and is beginning her own personal tour for Cuz I Love You in 2019.

After struggling with body issues at an early age, Lizzo became an advocate for body positivity and self-love,[29] while creating diversity the focus of her music, in regards to one's body (in "Fitness" and "Juice"), sexuality ("Boys"), race ("My Skin") and more.[28] Her group of back-up dancers, the Big Grrrls, consists of all plus-size dancers.[30] Highlighting body inclusivity and celebrating individuality, Lizzo appeared in ModCloth's "Say It Louder" campaign. It launched on June 11, 2018.[31][32] In the same month, she sported the first plus-size outfit made for FIT's Future of Fashion runway show by Grace Insogna at an LGBTQ event at Pride Island.[33] In April 2019 her weight was reported to be 250 lb (113 kg) and the height is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[34].

Lizzo was profiled in the June 2018 Teen Vogue Music Issue.[35] Her single "Juice" was released on January 4, 2019, by Atlantic Records.[36] On February 14, 2019, she released the title track off her third studio album Cuz I Love You, which was fully released on April 19, 2019.[37]

Lizzo recently appeared on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in which she performed her song "Juice." Since then she has been applauded on social media for bringing black girl aesthetic to the stage, since she was still getting her hair braided during her performance.

Lizzo is also well known for her ability to play the flute. She began playing as a child, and has continued to improve her flute playing skills into adulthood.[38][39]

In April 2019, Lizzo performed at the Coachella Music Festival for the first time.[40][39]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 UglyDolls Lydia Voice role
2019 Hustlers Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio Herself 4 episodes
2016 Wonderland Host 10 episodes
2018 Yeti! Yeti! Magic Mushroom
Guest appearances
Year Title Artist Notes
2014 Made in Chelsea: NYC Herself Season 1, episode 4
2014 Late Show with David Letterman Season 22, episode 29
2015 Access Hollywood
2015 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Season 1, episode 56
2016 The Real 1 episode
2016 Party Legends "Make Mistakes"
2016 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee "Post-Election"
2017, 2018 Trivial Takedown 2 episodes
2018 Articulate with Jim Cotter "Caroline Shaw, Lizzo, Robert Janz"
2018 Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler "The Lizzo Episode"
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10, episode 10
2019 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 1 episode
2019 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 1 episode
2019 2 Dope Queens 1 episode; podcast
2019 C à vous 1 episode
2019 Neo Magazin Royale 1 episode
2019 The Jonathan Ross Show 1 episode

Concert tours[edit]


  • Good as Hell Tour (2017)[41]
  • Cuz I Love You Tour (2019)[42]
  • Cuz I Love You Too Tour (2019)[43]



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