Melissa Viviane Jefferson, better known as Lizzo, is a pop singer, songwriter and flutist. She began her career as a recording artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and released two independent albums before signing with Atlantic Records in 2016.
Lizzo scored mainstream recognition after putting out her third studio album, 2019’s Cuz I Love You. The record included mega-hits “Juice” and “Tempo,” which quickly climbed the Billboard charts. Older singles “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell” also gained traction online after they were re-released as part of the deluxe versions of Cuz I Love You.
Following the breakout success of her 2019 album, Lizzo was nominated for eight awards at the 62nd Annual Grammys, which took place in January 2020. She earned the most nominations of any artist that year and won Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Other nominations included Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Record of the Year.
In 2019, Lizzo was named Time‘s Entertainer of the Year.