Lizzo has a Vision Problem
According to Music Diva Lizzo:
What the hell is she talking about?
Lizzo is 34 years old, her lifetime has been filled with Black Pop Artists, she broke no racial barriers in her career. NONE.
Don't believe me?
Troy Smith, writer at cleveland.com, enumerated the Biggest Pop Star in the World, by Year, Since 1979. Instead of arguing with Smith's list, like we usually do, we are going to take him at his word because we HATE pop music. So below will be the year, followed by the biggest pop artist of that year, according to Smith, and my reaction.
1979 - Donna Summer - Black / Woman
1980 - Billy Joel
1981 - Diana Ross - Black / Woman
1982 - John Cougar
1983 - Michael Jackson - Black
1984 - Prince - Black
1985 - Madonna - Woman
1986 - Whitney Houston - Black / Woman
1987 - Whitney Houston - Black / Woman
1988 - George Michael - LGBT
1989 - Bobby Brown - Black
1990 - MC Hammer - Black
1991 - Mariah Carey - Bi-Racial / Woman
1992 - Michael Jackson - Black
1993 - Whitney Houston - Black / Woman
1994 - Mariah Carey - Bi-Racial / Woman
1995 - Sheryl Crow - Woman
1996 - Alanis Morissette - Woman
1997 - Puff Daddy - Black
1998 - Celine Dion - Woman
1999 - Britney Spears - Woman
Hey, casual reader, you starting to see a pattern yet? I sure do. Pop mostly sucks. In 2018, I made a list of the Top 150 Songs of All Time. Number of pop songs on that list? ONE. 1973's The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicky Lawrence.
I HATE POP, but pop artists like Michael Jackson are omnipresent in our culture. Even if I don't like Michael Jackson, I am well aware of his work.
Let's get back to the business at hand.
2000 - Christina Aguilera - Woman
2001 - Jennifer Lopez - Hispanic / Woman
2002 - Eminem
This is the first artist that I actually own music from. I enjoyed the Slim Shady LP
2003 - 50 Cent - Black
2004 - Usher - Black
2005 - Kelly Clarkson - Woman
2006 - Justin Timberlake
2007 - Carrie Underwood - Woman
2008 - Lil Wayne - Black
Even though I don't own the song, I thought 6 foot 7 foot was one of the best videos ever made.
2009 - Taylor Swift - Woman
2010 - Lady Gaga - Woman
2011 - Adele - Woman
2012 - Adele - Woman
2013 - Bruno Mars - Hispanic (?)
2014 - Taylor Swift - Woman
2015 - Taylor Swift - Woman
2016 - Justin Bieber
2017 - Kendrick Lamar - Black
2018 - Drake - Black
Alright, alright, the article was published in 2019, so you get the gist.
Why isn't anyone calling Lizzo out for patently false statements? What's her angle for even making such outlandish claims?
One of the biggest pop hits of 2020 was WAP by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. It was so brazen, even Madonna wouldn't have been able to get away with it. WAP wasn't some obscure song, it was a #1 hit with a half a billion views on YouTube.
Lizzo can't even say she was the first Black / Woman / Plus Size Pop Singer with a number one hit, that would be Aretha Franklin. Surely Lizzo has heard the song RESPECT, #1 single on the singles charts from an album that peaked at #2 on the albums chart.
So even if Lizzo's argument is "every record company is looking for the next Taylor Swift."