Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' Might Still Qualify at 2020 Grammys Despite 2017 Release

Luke Gilford


Lizzo’s breakthrough hit “Truth Hurts” is a two-year-old song, but it still has a chance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Typically older songs that become hits long after their initial release -- from Pharrell’s “Happy” to John Legend’s “All of Me” -- can compete at the Grammys when a live version of the song, released during the current Grammys eligibility period, is submitted.

But “Truth Hurts,” which was released as a stand-alone single in 2017, qualifies for the 2020 Grammys because the song was never submitted for contention in the Grammys process and it appears on an album released during the eligibility period for the upcoming show. Songs and albums released from Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019 qualify for next year’s awards, and “Truth Hurts” appears on the deluxe edition of her album Cuz I Love You, released this year.

So far, the platinum-selling “Truth Hurts” has peaked at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has reached at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot rap songs charts, respectively.

Normally if an artist submitted an older song -- that appeared on an older album -- it would not be allowed into the Grammys’ process. But “Truth Hurts” has the go-ahead and its fate will be decided when the Recording Academy and a group of music industry players meet in September at an annual gathering to choose what makes it on the ballot, what genres certain songs belong to, who really qualifies for best new artist and more.

A representative for the Grammys didn’t reply to an email seeking comment.

It’s part of a streak of good luck for Lizzo, who has dominated the music scene this year, appeared on dozens of magazine covers and earned praise for promoting body positivity and denouncing fat shaming. Though 2019 has served as her breakthrough, she released her debut album, Lizzobangers, in 2013. Her team has had that album and its follow-up, 2015's Big Grrrl Small World, removed from streaming services because Lizzo wanted her musical journey to begin with 2016's Coconut Oil, her debut EP on Atlantic Records.

In the past, acts have won Grammys with live versions of their songs because their songs have become hits long after its release. Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated anthem “Happy,” which appeared on the “Despicable Me 2″ soundtrack and was released in mid-2013, eventually topped the charts in 2014. At the 2015 Grammys, a live version of the song competed for in the best pop solo performance category, and won the honor.