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TIME (RIGHTFULLY) DECLARES LIZZO AS THE ‘ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR’

First, Lizzo was the artist who gave us tunes we couldn’t stop lip syncing all year; then, she became the most nominated artist of the 2020 Grammy Awards (in four of the most prestigious categories); now, she’s officially the biggest entertainer of 2019.

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Lizzo Is TIME's 2019 Entertainer of the Year. Why was this the year—after nearly a decade on the road, performing shows for next to nothing, living in her car, being her own hype man—that @lizzobeeating racked up more Grammy nominations than any other artist? “I’ve been doing positive music for a long-ass time,” she tells 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!” Lizzo represents something new, writes Samantha Irby (@bitchesgottaeat). Her sound is relentlessly positive and impossibly catchy. Her lyrics are funny, bawdy and vulnerable: reminders to dump whatever idiot is holding you back and become your own biggest fan. Read more at the link in bio. #TIMEPOY Photograph by @paolakudacki for TIME

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According to TIME Magazine, “Her sound is relentlessly positive and impossibly catchy. Her lyrics are funny, bawdy and vulnerable: reminders to dump whatever idiot is holding you back and become your own biggest fan.”

Although Lizzo, who is well-known for spreading messages of body positivity, released her debut album in 2013, she became a household name almost overnight when she released the hit tracks, “Truth Hurts”, “Juice” and “Good As Hell.”

She celebrated the big win with the caption, “ARE.. YOU.. NOT.. ENTERTAINED?!? thank you @time for naming me Entertainer of the Year.”

In an excerpt from her interview with TIME, the artist says, “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, commercialised thing. Now, I’ve seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I’m mainstream!”

2019 should officially be dubbed The Year of Lizzo.