PEOPLE.COM: Harry Styles and Lizzo are true friendship goals.
During the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, the superstars reunited backstage just after Styles, 27, won his first-ever Grammy for best pop solo performance for his hit track, “Watermelon Sugar.”
Lizzo, who won the category last year for “Truth Hurts,” shared two photos on Instagram of the pair posing together backstage celebrating Styles’ victory.
“HARRY WON A GRAMMY !!!! @harrystyles,” the “Good as Hell” songstress captioned the post.
Styles and Lizzo have been pals for several years now. In 2019, the former One Direction member covered Lizzo’s “Juice” in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
Lizzo took note of Styles’ cover on her Instagram Story at the time, sharing the clip and writing, “This is so cute @harrystyles ily.”
Then in January 2020, Styles joined Lizzo for an exciting performance of the hit song during a SiriusXM and Pandora Super Bowl Opening Drive Super Concert Series performance in Miami.
On Sunday, Styles beat out fellow nominees Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift to win his first gramophone for “Watermelon Sugar.”
“This was the first song we wrote after my first album came out during a day off in Nashville, and I just want to say thank you to Tom, Tyler and Mitch … Rob Stringer and everyone at Columbia,” he said during his acceptance speech. “My manager, Jeffrey, who has always nudged me to be better and never pushed me.”
Notably celebrating Styles’ win was his fellow category nominee and ex-girlfriend Swift, 31, who stood up and applauded for him, smiling and nodding in his direction.
The Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, aired Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS Television Network and Paramount+.
Lizzo uses Billboard Music Awards little black dress to send strong message about presidential election
METRO.CO.UK: Lizzo used her red carpet look at the Billboard Music Awards 2020 to deliver a simple political message. Celebrities often use their moment in the spotlight at awards shows to speak on social issues they care about, and the BBMAs on Wednesday night were no exception.
The Juice singer, who recently walked the runway at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show, arrived at MGM Grand Las Vegas looking incredible in her little black dress which she teamed with a high ponytail and jewelled earrings. All over her outfit, which was custom Christian Siriano, the word ‘Vote’ was printed in huge white capital letters.
Her nails were painted black to match her look, with ‘Vote’ painted onto her ring finger which she held up for the cameras. Lizzo, real name Melissa Jefferson, didn’t go home empty handed as she took home the top song sales artist award.
In her passionate acceptance speech she urged her fans to, you guessed it, vote in the upcoming presidential election in November. “I just wanted to say I’ve been thinking abut suppression and the voices that refused to be suppressed, and I wonder would I be standing here right now if it weren’t for the big Black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed”, the Good As Hell singer said. “I just wanted to say right now if you are at home watching this and you are thinking about changing yourself to feel worthy, this is your sign to remain true to who you are.
“Lemme tell y’all something: When people try to suppress something, it’s normally because that thing holds power. They’re afraid of your power. There’s power in who you are. There’s power in your voice. ‘So whether it’s through music, protest, or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed. Thank you so much to Billboard. I love y’all. God bless, y’all.”
Lizzo Receives 11 Billboard Music Awards Nominations
HOUSTONIAMAG.COM: Lizzo received 11 Billboard Music Award nominations yesterday, including Top New Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Hot 100 Song (for “Truth Hurts”).
If she wins Top New Artist, the “Good as Hell” singer would be “the first female artist to win in this category since Lorde in 2014,” according to Billboard, which released its 2020 nominations Tuesday. Similarly, if Lizzo nabs Top Hot 100 Song, it’ll be the first time a female artist has taken home the award since Meghan Trainor won in 2015 for “All About That Bass.”
And speaking of the Top Hot 100 Song nom, “Truth Hurts” received a lot more love. The song, which was released in 2017 but didn’t explode into fame until last year, got three other nods itself: Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, and Top Rap Song. But Billboard didn’t forget about Lizzo’s other hits. “Good as Hell” was nominated for Top R&B Song.
“I just wanna thank God,” Lizzo wrote on Instagram yesterday, along with a list of her nominations. “And thank YOU.”
Lizzo isn’t the only Houston-raised star to get Billboard nods this year. Megan Thee Stallion got a nom for Top Rap Female Artist. Travis Scott racked in nominations for Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Rap Tour, fitting for the man who launched the Astroworld Festival in 2018 and played there again last fall. And, of course, Beyoncé received a Top R&B Album nod for “Homecoming: The Live Album.” She’s also up against Lizzo and Life on Earth singer Summer Walker for Top R&B Female Artist—we’ll all be biting our nails on this one.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will take place October 14.
Lizzo Sets First-Look TV Deal at Amazon
VARIETY.COM: Lizzo has signed a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios.
Under the deal, the Grammy-winning musician will work with Amazon Studios to create television projects that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
“I’m so excited to partner with the amazing team at Amazon,” said Lizzo. “Thank you to Jen Salke and the rest of the team for making this dream come true. I can’t wait to get started and share my vision with the world.”
Lizzo won three Grammy Awards in 2020 — one for best pop solo performance for Truth Hurts, one for best traditional R&B performance for “Jerome,” and the third for best urban contemporary album for Cuz I Love You. To date, her music has reached over 4 billion global streams.
“Lizzo is one of the most exciting, creative, joyful artists in the industry, and it is such a pleasure to announce this new deal with her,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “She has such a unique perspective and we’re so excited to hear her ideas for new content that our Prime Video customers are sure to love.”
Truth Hurts has been certified as five-times platinum, while her single Good as Hell is at three-times platinum. Truth Hurts also became the longest running number one song by a solo female rap artist in history, spending seven weeks at the top of the charts.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Lizzo has become a household name with over 4 billion global streams and a platinum-selling debut album to date. With the help of anthemic smash hits like the 5-times Platinum Truth Hurts, the 3-times Platinum Good As Hell, and the Platinum Juice, Lizzo’s Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU, released on April 19th 2019, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and spent 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10. Truth Hurts also became the longest running #1 by a solo female rap artist in history, after spending seven weeks atop the charts.
BET Awards: Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Blue Ivy Carter Among Those Who Set Records
There were first-time winners in several key categories at the 20th annual BET Awards. Lizzo was named best female R&B/pop artist. She beat Beyoncé, who had won 10 times in this category, including the last six years in a row.
Megan Thee Stallion won best female hip hop artist, beating two former winners in the category — Cardi B, who had won the last two years, and seven-time winner Nicki Minaj.
DaBaby won best male hip hop artist, beating four-time winner Drake, among others.
Lizzo celebrates Juneteenth with silent auction/raffle: ‘Let’s make change together’
EW.COM: Have you ever wanted to own a custom vase in the shape of Lizzo’s booty? You’re in luck! The singer is celebrating Juneteenth by hosting a silent auction and raffle, encouraging her fans to “give black to Black organizations and businesses” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
On Friday, Lizzo shared a video on Instagram that showed her posing nude, covered up by her long hair, as she revealed the details around her event.
“Go to LizzoLovesYou.com to sign up to have an interactive experience with me — whether virtual or on the road, depending on the future of COVID — and also participate in a silent auction with some of my favorite people and artists,” she said. The auction will include items from other artists like Missy Elliott and Janelle Monáe — including the iconic “vagina pants” worn by Monáe in her “PYNK” music video.
Plus, fans can also donate a minimum of $10 to be entered into a drawing to win a trip to hang out with Lizzo backstage at an upcoming concert and get “the full Lizzo Big Grrrl treatment.” (Donations will support Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement, Black Church Food Security Network, Black Women Speak, and HeadCount.)
“I’ll fly you to one of my concerts (dates and locations TBD) and put you up in a sexy hotel. You can even learn some of the Big Grrrl moves and dance with us at soundcheck,” Lizzo wrote on her website. “You’ll get VIP seats OR watch from backstage with your BIG GRRRL All Access Tour Pass. And since I don’t know when these concerts will be scheduled just yet, I’ll video call you and some of your friends so we can kick it virtually in the meantime.”
As for that booty vase? “Plus, I’ll throw in something truly personal: a one of a kind custom vase in the shape of my booty,” Lizzo wrote. “Thank you for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Black businesses and these incredible organizations. Change is coming let’s make change together.”
Lizzo becomes the face of Quay Australia
MARIECLAIRE.COM: Quay (pronounced as key) eyewear is known for collaborating with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and its latest partner is someone we all know: Lizzo. The singer has teamed up with the brand to create a line of eight feel-good sunglasses that are in line with Lizzo’s unapologetic style and Quay’s best-selling frames. As with Quay’s past collabs, the sunnies will be affordably priced, starting at $55.
“Quay is different from other eyewear brands out there. They’re cool and fresh, but also inclusive and attainable,” said Lizzo in a statement. “Their message of confidence and self-expression is something that I believe in and can stand behind.”
On top of this collab making you feel good and confident about yourself, there’s also a notable give-back initiative. The brand and Lizzo partnered with Feeding America on its “buy one, get one, give 100 meals” program. From May 20 to 25, fans can buy any pair of Quay frames online and get a complimentary pair of their choice. For every purchase, the brand will provide at least 100 meals to people struggling with hunger.
Take a look at the rest of Lizzo’s campaign, then snag yourself a pair of her sunnies to wear for the rest of summer. In the words of Lizzo: “Mirror, mirror on the wall/Don’t say it, ’cause I know I’m cute.”
To find out more, visit the Quay Australia website here.