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Lizzo performing at Boston Calling, May 2016.
Background information
Birth nameMelissa Jefferson[1]
Born (1988-04-27) April 27, 1988 (age 30)[2]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop, pop music
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer
Years active2010-present
LabelsTotally Gross National Product, BGSW, Atlantic Records, Nice Life Recording Company
Associated actsThe Chalice, Grrrl Prty, The Clerb, Ellypseas, Absynthe, Sophia Eris, Mike Mictlan, La Manchita, Lazerbeak, Ryan Olson, Prince

Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American rapper and singer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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] Two years later, Lizzobangers was followed by Big Grrrl Small World in 2015, which, only one year later, was followed with the 2016 major-label EP Coconut Oil.

Life and career[edit]

Lizzo grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011. She began her career in rapping while living in Texas.[7] In Minneapolis, she performed with indie groups including the electro soul-pop duo, Lizzo & the Larva Ink.[8] 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.[9]

Lizzobangers, Lizzo's debut album produced by Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson,[10] was released on October 15, 2013 to regional and national success.[11] Lizzo toured the US and UK in the fall of 2013 opening for Har Mar Superstar and additionally sang with his band.[12][13] In October 2013, Lizzo won City Pages' "Picked to Click" award for best new Twin Cities artist.[14] In November of the same year, Time named her one of 14 music artists to watch in 2014.[15]

On June 1, 2014, Lizzo shared the stage with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, performing "A Change Is Gonna Come" together.[16] On October 7, 2014, Lizzo appeared as the musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman.[17]

In September of 2014, Lizzo was featured alongside The Chalice bandmates Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune in the song BoyTrouble on Prince and 3rdEyeGirl's album PLECTRUMELECTRUM.[18]

Big Grrrl Small World was released on December 11, 2015.[19] Lizzo's first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, was released on October 7, 2016.[20]

Lizzo contributed to Williams Street by voicing various types of characters in the Adult Swim original series Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio.[citation needed]

Lizzo appeared as a guest judge on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[21] 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". [22]

After struggling with body issues at an early age, Lizzo is now a firm believer in body positivity and actively promotes self-love in many forms.[23] Her group of back-up dancers, The Big Grrrls, consists of all plus-size dancers.[24] Highlighting body inclusivity and celebrating individuality, Lizzo appeared in ModCloth's "Say It Louder" campaign. It launched on June 11, 2018.[25][26] 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.[27]

Lizzo was profiled in the June 2018 Teen Vogue Music Issue.[28] Her single “Juice” was released on January 4, 2019 by Atlantic Records. [29]




  • Good as Hell Tour (2017)[30]



  1. ^ RiemenSchneider, Chris (September 29, 2012). "Raising the Chalice". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Fischer, Reed (December 27, 2013). "Lizzo: All I knew was mainstream and 'hood". City Pages.
  3. ^ Tse, Josephine (June 19, 2014). "We Saw LIZZO Perform on a Streetcar". Noisey. Vice. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Reilly, Dan (March 2, 2015). "Meet Lizzo, the Body-Positive Rapper Opening for Sleater-Kinney". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Swensson, Andrea (February 8, 2013). "Friday Five: New Absynthe, Retribution Gospel Choir, Bomba de Luz". 89.3 The Current.
  6. ^ Howard, Matt (September 12, 2013). "Meet Lizzo, Your New Favorite Hip-Hop Queen". Baeblemusic. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Garcia, Sandra E.; Lombard, Amy (2018-09-18). "Lizzo Wants to Build You Up". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  8. ^ Rietmulder, Michael (October 9, 2013). "Lizzo: Like a boss". Star Tribune.
  9. ^ Fischer, Reed (September 26, 2012). "The Chalice take hold of hip hop - Page 1 - Music - Minneapolis". City Pages. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Lester, Paul (October 4, 2013). "Lizzo (New band of the day No 1,611)". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Keller, Josh (October 15, 2013). "Lizzo: Lizzobangers Review". Reviler. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  12. ^ Thompson, Ryan Kron (September 10, 2013). "Lizzo, "Batches & Cookies feat. Sophia Eris"". Impose.
  13. ^ Noblet, John (November 18, 2013). "Review: Har Mar Superstar @ Hare & Hounds, Thurs 14th Nov". Birmingham Review.
  14. ^ Fischer, Reed (October 16, 2013). "Picked to Click 2013 - Page 1 - Music - Minneapolis". City Pages. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  15. ^ Locker, Melissa (November 13, 2013). "14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014". Time. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  16. ^ Bream, Jon (June 2, 2014). "Soul singer St. Paul owns Minneapolis in his Minnesota debut". Star Tribune.
  17. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (October 6, 2014). "Lizzo to bang one out on Letterman's show Tuesday". Star Tribune. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  18. ^ Gabler, Jay. "Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Claire de Lune featured on Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL album". Local Current Blog | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  19. ^ Weiss, Dan. "Review: Lizzo Is Primed for WRRRLD Domination on 'Big GRRRL Small World'". Spin. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  20. ^ Spanos, Brittany (October 7, 2016). "Lizzo Talks 'Self Care'–Themed Major-Label Debut, New MTV Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
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  22. ^ Fuse, Lizzo Calls Working With Prince "A Fairytale", retrieved 2019-01-20
  23. ^ Garcia, Sandra E.; Lombard, Amy (2018-09-18). "Lizzo Wants to Build You Up". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  24. ^ "Meet the Rising Musician Who's Starting a Body-Confidence Revolution". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
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  26. ^ "Under Walmart's watch, ModCloth debuts digital campaign". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  27. ^ Alexandra Mann (2018-06-28). "Lizzo Performs at Pride Island in FIT Graduate's Design". FIT Newsroom. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  28. ^ Picardi, Phillip (June 15, 2018). "Why Lizzo Is the Sex-Positive, Twerking, Gospel-Singing Artist the World Needs". Teen Vogue. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  29. ^ "Lizzo shares bouncy new single "Juice" with retro video: Watch". Consequence of Sound. 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  30. ^ Espy, Jasmine (May 2017). "Lizzo wants to make Detroit feel 'Good As Hell'". BLAC Detroit. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  31. ^ Blistein, Jon (January 2018). "Haim Detail Headlining 'Sister Sister Sister' Tour". Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  32. ^ Stidhum, Tonja Renée. "Childish Gambino, Pusha T, Solange and More to Descend Upon the Desert at Coachella 2019". The Grapevine. Retrieved 2019-01-20.

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