ABOVE: Lizzo performs onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The Grammys are screaming “Cuz I Love You” to Lizzo.
The breakthrough singer-rapper scored a whopping eight nominations, including bids for the top four awards, making her the show’s top-nominated act.
Lizzo picked up the nomination for Album of the Year with her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You.” She was also nominated for Song and Record of the Year with her anthemic No. 1 hit, “Truth Hurts.” Her final nomination is for Best New Artist.
Shortly after Lizzo’s nominations were announced, her former band director at Elsik High School talked about recognizing her talent that was capable of making it this big.
“I thought she would play for a major symphony or be a flute player or recording artist,” said the band director. “As a matter of fact, my assistant band director at the time said one day, ‘Hey, let me have your autograph. I want to be the first one to get your autograph.’ And I remember she autographed a piece of paper for him.”
Lizzo, whose name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is a singer, rapper, and actress. She was originally born in Detroit, but later moved to Houston, where she began performing music.
Her song “Truth Hurts” topped the charts two years after its release in 2017.
Lizzo was also up for multiple American Music Awards. Houston’s own homegrown talent sparkled at the AMAs on Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC13.