Lizzo talks diversity, self-confidence and femininity

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AP: Congratulations for your Grammys. There was once an issue concerning the loss of range on the awards this 12 months. What could be a really perfect model of the Grammys for you?

LIZZO: There’s at all times a loss of range, that’s the problem basically. I don’t suppose it’s like “the 2020 Grammys lack range,” it’s just like the trade lacks range. So, the arena I want to see, after all, has a fair playfield: I feel there are extra girls, extra black other people, extra brown other people, extra other people from different nations the place you simply don’t put them in a international class, you place them in THE class. Any individual like BTS. However I feel that includes simply participation and the usage of my privilege now as any person within the trade with a platform to only convey folks up.

AP: From the Grammys you won, any that you weren’t anticipating?

LIZZO: I didn’t be expecting to win the primary award of the night time (best possible pop solo efficiency.) I assumed Beyoncé was once going to win, I in point of fact did. I used to be even going, ‘Beyoncé, Beyoncé.’ However I’m so thankful and it was once an overly particular, robust second. Right here’s to extra moments like that one day.

AP: I grew up staring at pop stars that had been blonde, tremendous thin, that seemed very best in each and every method. Then you definitely arise and I’m thankful for that.

LIZZO: I’m very best, sis! Take that again! I feel that even the blonde, skinny pop stars, they’ve imperfections, however sadly the media portrays them as very best, and I feel that even the ones girls battle with having to reside as much as a frame kind or stereotype and most certainly be afflicted by numerous despair. I’m brown, I’m black, I’m curvy, and I’m very best and wonderful. And I feel that we, in addition to folks like Billie Eilish — I’m totally other from her, however she may be rebelling in opposition to the archetype of the pop celebrity. So, I’m happy you’re thankful for me, however you additionally wish to take into account that I’m simply as very best as they’re. So are you.

AP: Had been you at all times this assured, or did it’s a must to to find the boldness inside your self?

LIZZO: You in point of fact have to seek out it inside your self, however it’s a must to undergo existence to get there. It sounds so cliché, however existence is your largest instructor and also you be told the most efficient courses from existence. I realized so much within the ultimate 10 years about myself, about who I’m. I additionally realized to like that particular person.

AP: Your track “Underwear” portrays a lady is an overly sensual method. Do you suppose girls will have to embody and personal their femininity?

LIZZO: I feel girls will have to embody no matter it’s about themselves. I feel femininity may be one thing that may be in flux. I feel a lady too can embody her masculinity. I feel a lady can embody her androgyny, her talents to be the whole lot. I in my opinion am a hyper-feminine lady. I embody my masculine facet, however I’m hyper-feminine. I’ve a underwear closet in my bed room, and I sought after to rejoice that about myself. I feel that it ain’t for everyone, however I do suppose that we will have to be celebrating ourselves extra.

AP: There was once a dispute concerning the authorship of your track “Reality Hurts.” Has this been looked after out or is that this nonetheless happening?

LIZZO: What it’s executed, is finished. I used to be so satisfied to surrender a work of my songwriting credit score to a girl in London who tweeted ‘I took a DNA check, I’m 100% that complain,’ like she tweeted it the similar 12 months that I wrote the track, and I used to be satisfied to percentage that along with her. Despite the fact that I’ve by no means observed that tweet, I knew that she impressed one of the vital largest songs of 2019. She didn’t write the track in any respect and the opposite individuals who claimed to jot down the track didn’t write it both, however that’s what occurs whilst you develop into creator of a primary hit track, everybody desires to state declare on it, however the one one that I used to be satisfied to offer a work of that luck too was once a black lady in London who tweeted one of the crucial artful issues I ever heard.

AP: It’s so laborious to assert that one thing is unique at the present time.

LIZZO: Oh my God, inform me about it! And for me, my ego were given in the way in which as a result of I’ve observed numerous songs that got here from the web or that got here from a tweet or got here from a meme, however that one that created it by no means were given credit score and the songwriter best will get credit score. On the finish of the day, there’s not anything new underneath the solar, but it surely definitively taught me the right way to be extra cautious one day.

AP: You play classical flute. Do you spot your self doing one thing one day with Björk, who additionally likes flute?

LIZZO: I’m this kind of Björk fan! I would like to play flute with Björk. I feel that Björk is sort of a Missy Elliott the place it’s a privilege to paintings along with her. And he or she doesn’t need to paintings with everyone or anyone, so I’m looking forward to that Björk telephone name.

AP: Being right here in Mexico, is there one thing that evokes you concerning the Latin American tradition?

LIZZO: Tradition evokes me, length. And I like Mexico. It’s my 2d time right here, and I at all times need to come. Now I’ll come again for my birthday, ‘reason I’ve been right here for paintings now. I need to come right here for play so I will be able to in point of fact discover the tradition.

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