Melissa Viviane Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), known professionally as Lizzo, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. She is a founding member of indie hip hop groups The Chalice, Grrrl Prty, The Clerb, Ellypseas, and Absynthe. Her debut album, Lizzobangers, was released in 2013. She released her second album, Big Grrrl Small World, in 2015.
In September 2014, Lizzo was featured alongside her Chalice bandmates Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune on the song "BoyTrouble" on Prince and 3rdEyeGirl's album Plectrumelectrum. On working with Prince,
Lizzo says the experience was "surreal... almost like a fairytale" and that it was "something I will never actually get over".
After struggling with body issues at an early age, Lizzo became an advocate for body positivity and self-love, while creating diversity the focus of her music, in regards to one's body (in "Fitness" and "Juice"), sexuality ("Boys"), race ("My Skin") and more. Her group of back-up dancers, the Big Grrrls, consists of all plus-size dancers. Highlighting body inclusivity and celebrating individuality, Lizzo appeared in ModCloth's "Say It Louder" campaign. It launched on June 11, 2018. In the same month, she sported the first plus-size outfit made for FIT's Future of Fashion runway show by Grace Insogna at an LGBTQ event at Pride Island.
In 2018, Lizzo toured both with Haim and Florence and the Machine
and is beginning her own personal tour for Cuz I Love You in 2019.