Minutes after opening the 2020 Grammys with a shout-out to Kobe Bryant and a rousing two-song performance, Lizzo took center stage again at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This time, it was to accept the night’s first televised award.
Lizzo had won best pop solo performance for her unstoppable smash “Truth Hurts.” But before she could begin her speech, she needed a moment to take it all in.
“One second!” Lizzo implored the rapturous arena crowd, waving her hand over her face and perhaps getting a little misty-eyed. No doubt, accepting the award while much of her audience’s minds lingered on the day’s tragedy alongside processing the first televised win of what could be a massive night (she’s up in every “Big Four” category) was a massive undertaking. But when she found her words, she did not disappoint.
Lizzo admitted she’d been stressed by her own problems throughout the week, before the day’s events put matters into perspective. “We need to continue to reach out,” she announced. “Let’s continue to make music that liberates people.”
She continued: “If I hadn’t reached out, I wouldn’t have met my best friends… I don’t know where I would be right now — sleeping in my car?” She shouted out collaborators like film director Quinn Wilson, producer Ricky Reed, and the Atlantic Records team before leaving the crowd with one final piece of advice: “Lift each other up!”
For more on her journey to superstardom, check out Billboard‘s Lizzo cover story interview from Sept. 2019.
Watch Lizzo’s full acceptance speech below.