Pop sensation Lizzo never fails to offer a strong performance on stage — and she definitely didn’t disappoint during tonight’s performance at the 2023 GRAMMY Awards.
The chart-topper kicked off her performance with a few lines from smash track “About Damn Time” before belting out her single “Special” for the song’s first award show performance.
Dressed in a black mini dress elevated with a bejeweled corset top, the 34-year-old singer was joined by a full-blown gospel choir to harmonize for lyrics, “In case nobody told you today / You’re special / In case nobody made you believe / You’re special / Well, I will always love you the same / You’re special.”
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Three-time GRAMMY winner Lizzo was nominated for five GRAMMY Awards at the coveted event, including Record Of The Year (“About Damn Time”), Album Of The Year (Special), Song Of The Year (“About Damn Time”), Best Pop Solo Performance (“About Damn Time”), and Best Pop Vocal Album (Special).
As if five nominations and a performance on the iconic stage wasn’t enough, the singer made her night at the award show even more special as she and boyfriend Myke Wright made their GRAMMY red carpet debut! Lizzo was dressed to impress in a gorgeous hooded dress adorned in roses, accompanied by mesh long sleeves. Myke stuck to a clean, classic black tux with a white undershirt, letting his partner of nearly a year shine.
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Lizzo recently premiered the official music video for “Special” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, uncovering her superhero alter ego. The visual begins by revealing the unglamorous lifestyle Lizzo endures daily as a waitress— picking up ridiculing notes suggesting that she “eat a salad” and plucking spit balls off of her face. Despite the continuous mockery, Lizzo focuses her attention on saving a little girl from being hit by a car while the scene cuts to the singer’s transformation as a dauntless superhero sporting a metallic purple suit and cape.
The Christian Breslauer-directed video depicts Lizzo continuing to live a double life, waitressing by day and fighting burglars by night. She even saves a baby from a burning building, making the newspaper’s front page and unveiling her confidence to the diner locals.
Watch the official music video below.
The megastar is set to hit the road for the European leg of her headlining Lizzo: The Special Tour this month, with the trek kicking off on Feb. 17 in Oslo and will return for the second North American leg beginning in April.
The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured performances from Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more.
“Music’s Biggest Night” also included an all-star 50th Anniversary celebration of hip hop, which included performances by Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakim, RUN-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz, and Too $hort. LL COOL J will be on hand to introduce the segment and give a dedication to hip hop.
Several tributes also took place during the In Memoriam segment at the all-genre ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt paid homage to late Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie, with a performance of McVie’s “Songbird.”
Maverick City Music and Quavo also remembered the late Migos rapper, Takeoff, with a special tribute performance of “Without You,” a song that Quavo wrote after his passing.
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First Lady Jill Biden, Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, Olivia Rodrigo, and Shania Twain and more were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Beyoncé led the pack with nine nominations, including the prestigious Album Of The Year (Renaissance). Following behind Beyoncé are Kendrick Lamar with eight nods, Adele and Brandi Carlile with seven nominations as well as Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Harry Styles, Future, The Dream and Randy Merrill have six. For a full list of 2023 GRAMMY nominees click HERE.
Prior to the GRAMMY Awards, several winners were revealed during the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in the City Of Angels. For a full list of winner, visit live.GRAMMY.com.
Co-hosted by GRAMMY-nominated comedian Trevor Noah, the 2023 GRAMMYs broadcasted live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5 at 8/7c on CBS. The coveted awards ceremony also streamed live and on demand via Paramount+.