Lizzo looks fierce in Native American-inspired poncho as she arrives for Lizzo in Conversation with Phoebe Robinson: Cuz I Love You event

Lizzo's career is on fire. 

And on Friday, the 31-year-old breakout artist was at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York, to discusses her early musical roots, breaking the mold for contemporary pop stardom, her current sold-out tour, combating bigotry through art and more.

The singer donned an intricate Native American-inspired ensemble for the candid chat, which was moderated by actress and comedian Phoebe Robinson.

Candid chat: On Friday, Lizzo, 31, was at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York, to discusses her early musical roots, breaking the mold for contemporary pop stardom, her current sold-out tour, combating bigotry through art and more

Candid chat: On Friday, Lizzo, 31, was at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York, to discusses her early musical roots, breaking the mold for contemporary pop stardom, her current sold-out tour, combating bigotry through art and more

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, wore an intricately woven and tethered poncho that featured Native patterns and colors.

She paired the piece with black pants and black leather boots.

The Truth Hurts hitmaker wore her long raven locks up in a high and tight ponytail with braided pieces around the elastic.

The self proclaimed 'bop star' accessorized with wirey yellow-colored glasses and huge hoop earrings.

Inspired; The singer donned an intricate Native American-inspired ensemble for the candid chat, which was moderated by actress and comedian Phoebe Robinson

Inspired; The singer donned an intricate Native American-inspired ensemble for the candid chat, which was moderated by actress and comedian Phoebe Robinson

She was joined backstage by Phoebe Robinson, 34, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, 43.

The star was photographed holding up a proclamation from the Office of the Public Advocate in New York City '[f]or her activism on mental health, reproductive health, body positvity & so much more,' a tweet from the office reads. 

'How did a classically-trained flutist from Houston become the most groundbreaking music star of 2019?'

That's the question 92Y asks in a post about the event online.

Advocate: The Juice hitmaker was photographed holding up a proclamation from the Office of the Public Advocate in New York City '[f]or her activism on mental health, reproductive health, body positvity & so much more,' a tweet from the office reads

Advocate: The Juice hitmaker was photographed holding up a proclamation from the Office of the Public Advocate in New York City '[f]or her activism on mental health, reproductive health, body positvity & so much more,' a tweet from the office reads

Honoree: She was joined backstage by Phoebe Robinson, 34, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, 43

Honoree: She was joined backstage by Phoebe Robinson, 34, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, 43

Her breakout album, Cuz I Love You is an' adventurous, searing ode to self-love, inclusive sexuality and body positivity,' the site continues.

Lizzo is opening up about her unconventional rise to fame, revealing that throughout her career she's always felt that she had to make believers out of her fans.

Featured on the cover of Billboard's Grammy preview issue, the magazine says she's 'precisely the kind of artist the Recording Academy would like to see receive a Grammy nomination for best new artist' in 2020.  

'I've always had to turn haters into congratulators,' Lizzo said in her interview with the publication.

'That's the thing with my songs and my live shows: I've never lost that mentality of "I have to win you over," and I'm never going to, because I didn't learn that way. I have muscle memory in this,' she added. 

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, wore an intricately woven and tethered poncho that featured Native patterns and colors.

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, wore an intricately woven and tethered poncho that featured Native patterns and colors.

The Good as Hell singer opened up about her gradual rise, with her hit song Truth Hurts reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Singles charts earlier this month, two years after the song was first released. 

While the song was released to little fanfare in September of 2017, it became a viral craze after being included on the Netflix movie Someone Great, inspiring a viral TikTok meme as it started climbing the singles charts. 

The single was later released in April on the deluxe version of her album Cuz I Love, and now she's a potential Grammy favorite in several categories, including Best New Artist. 

She also spoke about her versatility as an artist, with her ability to perform in all different genres.

Luscious locks: The Truth Hurts hitmaker wore her long raven locks up in a high and tight ponytail with braided pieces around the elastic

Luscious locks: The Truth Hurts hitmaker wore her long raven locks up in a high and tight ponytail with braided pieces around the elastic

'I can do anything, you know? You want a polished, choreographed performance? I can give you that,' she said.

'You want a wild rock’n’roll show? I can give you that. You want to feel like you’re in church? I can give you that,' she continued.

Her musical background is quite diverse. She studied classical flute at the University of Houston, collaborated with Prince on his 2014 EP Plectrumelectrum, and has opened for bands like Sleater-Kinney.

'I think my story has been more about refining who I am versus creating it. I was always pretty wild, and it was just like, "OK, this is not a Mars Volta show,"' she said, referencing the Texas prog-rock band that influenced her performance style.

Accessorize! The self proclaimed 'bop star' accessorized with wirey yellow-colored glasses and huge hoop earrings

Accessorize! The self proclaimed 'bop star' accessorized with wirey yellow-colored glasses and huge hoop earrings

'[Frontman] Cedric [Bixler-Zavala] would just go crazy, and I wanted to be like him. But at a certain point, it’s like, "B***h, you not him. You got to find you."' 

She says she started finding her true voice when she began writing songs about self-love.

'It just vibrated better in the music. When I wrote songs like My Skin or En Love, that was like, "Oh, s**t, I found it. I’m starting to discover who I am,"' she said.

The singer will be on tour for most of the rest of this year, with her tour wrapping up December 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Grammys shoe-in: Featured on the cover of Billboard's Grammy preview issue, the magazine says she's 'precisely the kind of artist the Recording Academy would like to see receive a Grammy nomination for best new artist' in 2020.

Grammys shoe-in: Featured on the cover of Billboard's Grammy preview issue, the magazine says she's 'precisely the kind of artist the Recording Academy would like to see receive a Grammy nomination for best new artist' in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzo looks inspired as she arrives for her Lizzo in Conversation with Phoebe Robinson event

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