"Here Comes the Bride" is echoing down West 49th Street in Manhattan, and Lizzo is sitting in a white Pontiac convertible, her face covered in a lace veil. A sudden 8 a.m. rain shower is threatening her big entrance and, if that’s not enough, everything she’s about to do is going to air live on NBC’s Today. But Lizzo has been the bride before -- at June’s BET Awards, at concerts and in her best-known music video -- and preshow moments of nervy electricity are nothing new to her. She has been doing this for a decade, and she’s not easily fazed.
Lizzo settles into the car just as one of the members of her Instagram-famous dance crew, the Big Grrrls, lurches it into drive. Suddenly, her longtime DJ, Sophia Eris, warps the melody into the seesawing chords of “Truth Hurts,” which became the No. 1 song in America this September. Lizzo exits the vehicle in impossibly high fuchsia boots and a sparkling gold bodysuit, then struts toward the stage at Rockefeller Plaza, where a group of young women has been waiting for her since 2 a.m. As she launches into the brash breakup anthem that has been ubiquitous these past few months, a few chefs from a bakery across the street abandon their pastries to take photos from their kitchen window.
“She’s not the type of artist who sits in the green room and comes up a flight of stairs,” says her creative director, Quinn Wilson. “She arrives with her girls driving her, already in a mood. It’s who she is. She’s a bad bitch.”