The voluptuous American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress named as 'Entertainer of the Year' by the Time in 2019.
April 27, 1988
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Lizzo rose to prominence as one of the leading cultural figures in the modern music scene. Widely raved for her mainstream success, many might not know that she struggled to get into the music industry when she was 21. This was also the same time when she lost her father and had to live in the comforts of her car. She began her career as one of the performers of the electro soul-pop dup, Lizzo & the Larva Link. The remarkable Michigan-native was said to co-found of five different hip hop groups such as The Chalice, The Clerb, Grrrl Prty, Absynthe, and Ellypseas. She received wider recognition when Atlantic records signed her and released her first major-label extended play, ‘Coconut Oil’.
Lizzo was born Melissa Viviane Jefferson. She was inspired by one of Jay-Z’s popular hit tracks from his sixth album, ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)’ (2001).
She’s admired by many for her unswerving advocacies in promoting body positivity, self-love, and feminism. ‘The space I’m occupying isn’t just for me. It’s for all the big black girls in the future who just want to be seen,’ she once famously remarked.