A former Minneapolis resident who made it to the big-time has been given a fitting end to a landmark year in her music career.
The Associated Press has named Lizzo its 2019 Entertainer of the Year.
As the news service notes, 2019 saw the release of the singer-rapper's first major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You,” which yielded the hits "Juice" and "Tempo" as well as the title track.
But it's not just music where she's had an impact, with AP saying "Lizzo has won over fans for promoting body positivity and denouncing fat shaming."
The Entertainer of the Year honor is the result of a vote by AP entertainment staffers.
Lizzo herself is appreciative; on Friday, the star tweeted a simple reply to the announcement:
This comes a couple of months after CBS's Sunday Morning introduced Lizzo and her life story to national audiences (if they weren't aware of her already). You can watch the video below:
Born in Detroit and raised in Houston, Texas, Lizzo — real name Melissa Jefferson — moved to Minneapolis in 2011, where she recorded her first solo album, City Pages notes.
The magazine says she lived here for five years and now calls Los Angeles home.