She had the heartbreak anthem of the summer, she took a two-inch purse to the AMAs, she twerked her almost-naked rump at the Lakers game, and she pulled in eight Grammy nominations.


No wonder Time Magazine named Lizzo 2019’s Entertainer of the Year. The announcement comes along with the magazine’s other annual awards:

  • Athlete of the Year: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team
  • Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg (Youngest ever winner)
  • Businessperson of the Year: Bob Iger, Disney CEO
  • Guardians of the Year: The Public Servants

If you still don’t know what the deal with Lizzo is, here are the basics.

The Lowdown on Lizzo:

  • Name: Melissa Jefferson
  • Hometowns: Houston, Texas & Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Occupation: Singer, rapper
  • Age: 31
  • Sign: Taurus
  • Classically trained flutist? Yes
  • Genre: Pop, hip hop, soul, R&B, funk-pop
  • Songs You Need to Hear by Her if You Want to Remain Relevant: Truth Hurts, Good as Hell, Juice

Lizzo exudes fearlessness and optimism as her music explores themes of self-love, body positivity, and confidence. As a Taurus, she’s exceptionally perseverant, if a little stubborn. She likes things like nice clothes and flirtatious vibes, but she’s super grounded. It’s no wonder she seems to glow everywhere she goes.

She tells Time of her meteoric rise to fame, “I didn’t want to be famous. I wanted to be like Brandon Boyd from Incubus! I just want to go to the farmers’ market.”

Still, she has no interest in backing down from haters or the spotlight. Just the other night she wore an assless dress to the Lakers game and twerked to her own song on the Jumbotron.

Lizzo as Entertainer of the Year

“I have to bite my tongue on certain things,” she says. “When people challenge my talent, they challenge whether I deserve to be here. They challenge my blackness. I’m like, ‘Oh! I can easily just let your ass know right now in 132 characters why you’re f*cking wrong.’”

She’s not perfect, and 2019 finds us all discussing our flaws more openly whether in media, politics, or art.

As Time’s Samantha Irby writes, “Omnipresent as she may be, Lizzo is just a person who feels like garbage sometimes and lives on the same actively dying rock hurtling through space as the rest of us.

“She’s not a walking inspirational infographic. She knows that part of being enough means acknowledging your imperfections.”

On December 21, 2019, Lizzo will be the musical guest on the decade’s final episode of Saturday Night Live. Eddie Murphy is scheduled to host.

Big congratulations to an inspirational artist.