Time names Lizzo as 2019 Entertainer of the Year

This Oct. 27, 2018 file photo shows Lizzo performing at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. Photo: Amy Harris/Invision/AP
This Oct. 27, 2018 file photo shows Lizzo performing at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.

Updated: December 31, 2019 11:12 AM

Time magazine has named singer-rapper Lizzo, who launched her musical career in Minnesota, as its 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

The magazine made the announcement in a post Wednesday.


The 31-year-old, who performed with Prince on his "Plectrumelectrum" album, worked as an independent and touring artist for years before signing a major-label deal, releasing her first album in 2013.

However, this year marked her major breakthrough: Her song "Truth Hurts" topped the charts for seven weeks, and she wowed audiences with her live performances. She's also graced several magazine covers, earning praise for promoting body positivity.

Last month, Lizzo scored a whopping eight Grammy nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show's top-nominated act.

Lizzo leads Grammy nominations with 8

Time magazine has also named Greta Thunberg as its 2019 Person of the Year, as well as Disney CEO Bob Iger as its Businessperson of the Year, and the U.S. women's soccer team as its Athlete of the Year, among others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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