Lizzo on diversity, femininity, self-esteem


A few days after winning three Grammy awards, the singer Lizzo visited Mexico City to give a private concert in which he surprised his fans with acoustic versions of their hits and provided with tequila.

The star of Detroit, who won best performance pop solo (“Truth Hurts”), best interpretation of R&B traditional (“Jerome”) and best album urban-contemporary “Cuz I Love You” in the ceremony of January, also sat down for an interview with The Associated Press in Mexico.

Lizzo spoke about the diversity in the music industry, your security in herself and her femininity, and the disputes surrounding the authorship of “Truth Hurts”.

The responses were edited for brevity and clarity.

AP: Congratulations on your three Grammy. The awards this year was full of controversy for lack of diversity. What would an ideal version of the Grammys for you?

LIZZO: there is Always lack of diversity, that is the problem in general. I don’t think it is that “the Grammy-2020 lack of diversity” but that the industry lacks diversity. The world that I would like to see, of course, would have a field more level, I think that with more women, more black people, more brown people, more people from other countries not only to be referred to the categories of foreigners but that it is in category (main). Someone like BTS. But I believe that this is achieved with the fair and using my privilege now, as someone in the industry with a platform to encourage others.

AP: the Grammy award that you received, were you surprised to any in particular?

LIZZO: did Not expect to win the first award of the night (best performance pop solo). I thought that Beyoncé was going to win, really. I even said “Beyoncé, Beyoncé” (with fingers crossed). But I am very grateful and it was very, very special and powerful and I hope there are more moments like that in the future.

AP: Grew up watching pop artists blondes, super thin and “perfect”. Then you got you and I’m thankful for that.

LIZZO: I am perfect, girl! I removed what was said! (laughter). I think that even the pop stars blonde and thin have imperfections, but unfortunately the media portrays them as perfect, and zero that even these women suffer from having to live to achieve a certain body type or stereotype, and probably suffer a lot of depression. I think that I, like other people like Billie Eilish _ I’m completely different to her, but she is also rebelling against the archetype of the pop star. I’m glad you appreciate, but you must understand that I am as perfect as them and you also are.

AP: do you Always were so sure of yourself, or you had to find and get that confidence within you?

LIZZO: you really have to seek it within themselves, but you have to live to get there. It sounds so cliché, but life is the master’s largest and one learns the best lessons of life. I learned a lot the past 10 years about myself, about who I am. And I also learned to love that person.

AP: Your song “Lingerie” represents a woman in a way very sensual. Do you think that women should embrace and accept your femininity?

LIZZO: I Think that women should accept whatever that is for them. I think that the femininity is also something that can flow. I think that women can also embrace their masculinity. I think a woman embracing her androgyny, their capacity to be everything. I’m a woman híperfemenina. I embrace my masculine side, but I am a híperfemenina. I have a closet with lingerie in my room and I wanted to celebrate that from me. It is not for everyone, but I do believe that we should celebrate who we are more.

AP: there Was a dispute about the authorship of your song “Truth Hurts”. What has been solved or is pending the case?

LIZZO: What happened, happened. I was so glad to give you a share of the credit of the composition to a woman in London who tweeted “I did a DNA test, I am 100% that bitch” (a phrase very similar to the first verse of the theme). She tweeted the same year that I wrote the song. Although I never saw that tweet, I knew that inspired one of the most popular songs of 2019. She did not write the song, and other people who claimed that they wrote it nor wrote it, but it is what happens when you become the author of a number one hit: they all want to claim their property. The only person I was happy to give him credit it was a black woman in London who tweeted one of the smartest things I’ve ever heard.

AP: It’s so hard to say that something is completely original these days.

LIZZO: By God, that if you don’t! And for me, my ego got in the way because I’ve seen a lot of songs that come from the internet or a tweet or a meme, but that person who created it, never received credit, and the composer only receives credit. At the end of the day, there is nothing new under the light, but it definitely taught me how to be more careful in the future.

AP: you Play flute classical. Do you see yourself collaborating in the future with Björk, who also likes the flute?

LIZZO: I’m a huge fan of Björk! I’d love to play flute with Björk. I think that Björk is as Missy Elliott, with whom it is a privilege to work with. And she doesn’t have to work with around the world or with anyone, so I’m waiting for that call from Björk.

AP: Now that you’re in Mexico, is there something that inspires you of the Latin-american culture?

LIZZO: culture inspires me, period. I love Mexico. This is my second time here and always wanted to come. Now I’d like to go back for my birthday, because I’ve been here for work. I want to come to have fun, to be able to really explore the culture.