Lizzo Crowned Time’s Entertainer of the Year
By: Jasmine Escareno
It’s nearing the end of 2019, and I’m sure many of you know who Lizzo is. If not, then surely you must be living under a rock—her song was in that one Walmart commercial. Definitely was a tune I would dance to! She’s that track on your Spotify list blaring her voice, while you’re driving your car on the road. She’s the one with that line, “I just took a DNA test, and I’m 100% that b***ch,” from her no. 1 single “Truth Hurts.”
Lizzo has been selected as Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, which should not come as a surprise. Lizzo has really paved the way for other artists and plus size women alike. She has spent over a decade on the road performing shows, while living in her car. Now, she is racking up MANY Grammy nominations. Lizzo represents something new. She states in the Times article, “I’ve been doing positive music for a long ass time…Then the culture changed. There were a lot of things that weren’t popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing. Now I’ve seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I’m mainstream!”
She is absolutely right. She is mainstream, but she is also a role model for positivity. Her sound is catchy and will have you dropping it low at the grocery store. Although she has found success recently, it hasn’t always come easy for her. During her interview with Entertainment Weekly, she disclosed her battle with anxiety. It was debilitating. Her newfound success came after years of recording independent pieces and EP (Extended Play). A decade of hard work allowed her to become mainstream. Nowadays, when her anxiety hits before or during a performance, she uses it as fuel. She DOES NOT let it get her down. Lizzo has racy images, but that’s what makes it her. She says body positivity and self love ARE important. Our bodies are always changing, and make girls uncomfortable, but she wants girls to feel that this is normal—to not listen to the media’s perception of what a woman’s body should look like.
Lizzo is definitely the right choice for Time’s Entertainer of the Year. 2020 will only be bigger and better for Lizzo.