Saturday Night Live
April 16, 2022
Lizzo, as everyone and their momma know by now, is the Grammy-award-winning hip-hop artist who had her big breakthrough in 2016, and became world famous by 2019. She also was one of the last concerts I saw in person before the world shut down, but I digress. Lizzo’s magic is not just that she’s musically gifted — which she is as a singer, rapper, and improbably, a flutist — but that she is deeply inspirational. Her message of body positivity and self-love resonates with so many communities of people who have been taught their entire lives to be ashamed of who they are: whether they are heavy or skinny, or gay, or trans, or a person of color, or simply had the misfortune of being born a woman in this world. Lizzo celebrates herself, and by extension her audience, in a way that is accepting, warm, and deeply funny. You don’t write a line like “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” without a sense of humor.
And so it is hardly a surprise that Lizzo with all her bravado and comedic talents would be a natural fit on the Saturday Night Live stage. Unfortunately, the writing didn’t live up to Lizzo’s charisma (something I feel like I say most weeks) but she didn’t seem to mind, clearly enjoying herself through the entire night.