Lizzo's Galvanizing Record Of The Year Speech Will Make You Smile
Lizzo came to the Grammys on Sunday night (February 5) to perform, and she did. In fact, she turned the entire Grammys gold. It was incredible. Sure, she racked up five nominations, but as she said onstage later, she was content to spend the rest of the evening hanging with her table mate Adele, "having a good time, just rooting for our friends."
The Recording Academy had other plans. Namely, they awarded her one of the night's top honors for Record of the Year. Her effervescent nu-disco tune "About Damn Time" took the honor near the end of the evening, prompting her to exclaim some confusion when she came up to accept the trophy.
But Lizzo being Lizzo, she quickly pivoted to talk about what that award for that song specifically means for her in this moment. She dedicated it to none other than Prince, whose 2016 death greatly affected her.
"When we lost Prince, I decided to dedicate my life to making positive music," Lizzo said, accepting her Record of the Year award. "I don't care if my positivity bothers you! What's wrong with you?" In fact, that was a main theme of her earlier performance of "Special."
She went on to speak about initially feeling out of place making that creative decision in a climate where songs seemed to be less about self-love than about self-hatred. That contrast made her feel misunderstood, but she stayed true to herself. "I had to be that change to make the world a better place," she said.
"And now," she continued, "I look around, and there's all these songs about loving our bodies and feeling good in our skin." The confidence and the optimism and the joy radiated as she spoke. "I'm just so proud to be a part of it."
A big takeaway was that she believes people can do good, of course, but even more simply that people also are good. She made the whole affair a reason to galvanize fans, thank her supporters and her family, and to loudly thank her man "who holds me down!"
As ever, she thanked Beyoncé, the artist whose apparent traffic issues kept her from accepting her very own first televised award of the night earlier in the evening. Lizzo actually did weep recounting the well-told tale of how, in fifth grade, she skipped school to see Destiny's Child perform in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Houston. "You clearly are the artist of our lives," she told her. You know, Lizzo's not doing too bad herself.
In the stacked category, Lizzo beat out fellow nominees ABBA, Adele, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile ft. Lucius, Doja Cat, Steve Lacy, Kendrick Lamar, and Harry Styles.
Roll the highlights. It's truly about damn time Lizzo can put that Record of the Year trophy on her shelf.