Lizzo, who’s toting eight shiny Grammy nominations with her as she heads into 2020, is Time’s 2019 entertainer of the year.
The “Truth Hurts” singer’s honor came in one of four subcategories under 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg’s selection as the youngest-ever person of the year. This year’s choices are different from Time’s traditional practice of a winner and runners-up.
For more than 90 years, the magazine has selected the “the man, woman, group or concept” — OK, for most of those years it was the man of the year — that has been the most influential over the last 12 months. This time, the subcategory selections are the people who “dominated” their fields, rather than the runners-up.
“ARE ... YOU ... NOT ... ENTERTAINED?!?” Lizzo tweeted Wednesday morning with a cover from the magazine, echoing Russell Crowe’s angry “Gladiator” line but accenting it with a joyful starry-eyes emoji instead of rage.
“Lizzo is the rare feel-good story in the music business: Six years after her first album, steadily winning over audiences with empowering, musically dexterous records celebrating her black skin and ample curves, she has finally cracked the zeitgeist,” The Times’ Gerrick D. Kennedy said in his review of one of her October shows at the Palladium.
The 31-year-old — born Melissa Jefferson — joked to Time in a video interview that the thing she was most excited about in 2019 was the Popeye’s chicken sandwich. Then she dissolved into a hearty chuckle.
“I’m just kidding. I didn’t eat the Popeye’s chicken sandwich. I was so excited about all the women in 2019,” she said.