For The Record: Lizzo
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For The Record: Lizzo

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Melissa Jefferson, who’s known by her childhood nickname, Lizzo, has been having quite a year. She’s still riding the wave of an acclaimed new album, “Cuz I Love You”; and this summer she had the #1 song AND the cover of Elle magazine, plus she stole the show on MTV’s biggest night. Yet, the 31-year-old describes her career as “the slowest build of all time.” Lizzo sat down with Tracy Smith to discuss overcoming bouts of poverty, homelessness, and crippling self-doubt, and how her high school band teacher gave her the focus she needed to make her mark.

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