Lizzo: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

  • Published: 05 August 2019
  • Watch Lizzo play "Cuz I Love You", "Truth Hurts" and "Juice" at the Tiny Desk.

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    July 29, 2019 | Stephen Thompson -- Lots of musicians cut corners during sound check. It's a time to make sure everyone's in tune and in balance, everyone's blocked properly for the cameras, and every piece of recording equipment is doing its job the way it's supposed to, but it's not as if anyone's rolling tape for posterity. Sometimes, Tiny Desk artists do their sound check in shabby street clothes before ducking into the green room to don their fancy performance wear. It's standard procedure, and no big deal at all.

    But from the second Lizzo entered the room, fresh off a long interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, she was on: all charm, vibrant and gracious, dressed to the nines and ready to sing her face off. In rehearsal, Lizzo belted out "Cuz I Love You," the title track from her wonderful new album, with nothing off her fastball; if you were standing six feet away at the time, you'd swear the gale force of her voice was blowing your hair back. She was the star and the mayor rolled into one, at once ingratiating and commanding, as an audience of maybe 25 milled around and prepared to let in the crowd.

    Once we opened the room, there were as many people as we've ever had at a Tiny Desk concert, hanging on Lizzo's every word as she held court and waited for the cameras to roll. She literally needed no introduction; one of us usually says a few words and gets the crowd to applaud for the start of the performance, but Lizzo was master of ceremonies from the second she walked in. Naturally, she needed all of two seconds to blow everyone's hair back once more.

    Everything around the singer must have felt alien to her, starting with "this tiny-ass desk" and continuing through the crowd — perched mere feet away, with only a bit of office furniture and a few cameras as a barrier — and a backing band assembled, at Bob Boilen's request, just for the occasion. Lizzo usually performs with dancers and a backing track; the former, though much-missed here, stood in the crowd and bobbed along, while the latter got mothballed in favor of slyly funky arrangements. Together, Lizzo and that brand-new band preside over three songs from Cuz I Love You: the aforementioned title track, "Truth Hurts" (so winning, in spite of its repeated references to the Minnesota Vikings) and the literal and figurative show-stopper, "Juice," which gave her the opportunity to pick up the flute she'd been waiting the whole set to bust out.

    "Cuz I Love You"
    "Truth Hurts"

    Lizzo: vocals, flute; Devin Johnson: keyboard; Dana Hawkins: drums; Vernon Prout: bass; Walter Williams: guitar

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan, Bronson Arcuri; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR
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  • NPR Music
    NPR Music   5 months back

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    • Lisa Harvey
      Lisa Harvey  3 days back

      Omg her control!!!!! LIZZOOOOOO ILOVEYOU!!!

    • Sanetria Johnson
      Sanetria Johnson  3 weeks back

      Yasssss.... I love me some her

    • Ross Megargell
      Ross Megargell  1 months back

      Vulfpeck 2020?

    • Kathryn P
      Kathryn P  2 months back

      If any of these amazing Tiny Desks needs the adverts removed, it’s this one. ❤️ Lizzo interrupted by an ad? 😳 Sacrilege. 🙏

  • Juan Castrence
    Juan Castrence  5 hours back

    watching these tiny desk concerts makes me miss DC so much.

    • william james
      william james  7 hours back

      And people enjoy this...real music is a dying art....

      • Drew L
        Drew L  8 hours back

        This was-- weird.

        • Summer Moon
          Summer Moon  9 hours back

          I love your passion Lizzo💕💕💕

          • Ana Paula Rosa
            Ana Paula Rosa  10 hours back

            😂😂😂😂😂 the baby part omgsh

            • Adam Webb
              Adam Webb  12 hours back

              Masterful rhythm guitar playing on Juice

              • Mike Przyszlak
                Mike Przyszlak  16 hours back

                She's amazing.

                • gent2k
                  gent2k  18 hours back

                  thanks for the positive, genuine message in your lyrics. I really appreciate you

                  • Cash Wils
                    Cash Wils  1 days back


                    • Samara Amorim
                      Samara Amorim  1 days back

                      Minha nossa, essa mulher canta muito! Já tinha ouvido falar dela, mas agora que vi esse pocket show. Por que eu não conheci essa voz antes?

                      • Monique Bevan
                        Monique Bevan  2 days back

                        Does Lizzo remind anyone else of a sexy rabbit? Just me? Okay 🐰

                        • Liki Qhj
                          Liki Qhj  2 days back

                          how can this video have disslikes ? One of the best Tiny Desk Performances...

                          • Legacy Entertainment
                            Legacy Entertainment  2 days back

                            MALIA Please????!!!!

                            • Graham Robson
                              Graham Robson  2 days back

                              BIG BEAUTIFUL TALENT

                              • Baddass Beach
                                Baddass Beach  3 days back

                                We love you LIZZO

                                • Lucy Blades
                                  Lucy Blades  3 days back

                                  Absolute Queen

                                  • Ruth Nairesiai
                                    Ruth Nairesiai  3 days back

                                    😭😭😭❤ 💯beautiful voice

                                    • Laura Bacelar
                                      Laura Bacelar  3 days back

                                      eu amo demais essa mulher <3

                                      • By Kuş
                                        By Kuş  3 days back

                                        she is so talented!! love her~!!

                                        • Esme Jane Ivy Watts
                                          Esme Jane Ivy Watts  3 days back

                                          Lizzo has so much stage presence she can bring people of all race to come into a room and become one unity. It's amazing to know that there is still hope for the future

                                          • Sarah Alice
                                            Sarah Alice  3 days back

                                            This women!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                            • Sara Ibanez
                                              Sara Ibanez  3 days back

                                              This is the first time I see them showing the audience. This is how happy and excited the crowd is with this beautiful woman performing

                                              • Lisa Harvey
                                                Lisa Harvey  3 days back

                                                After what I thought was the end of her first song I tearfully aloud said "can we do it again" and she just rebelted out that chorus and Im in tears! 🙌🖤😭

                                                • B Prk
                                                  B Prk  3 days back

                                                  Dude on the keyboard 👌

                                                  • Kenyon Clemons
                                                    Kenyon Clemons  3 days back

                                                    She is so enjoying her moment!!!! Love it!

                                                    • Merrick Wells
                                                      Merrick Wells  3 days back

                                                      everybody haitin on the drummer i think he just focusing

                                                      • Rodrigo Dias
                                                        Rodrigo Dias  3 days back

                                                        I love this live cozy funk vibe, the musicians are killing it as well

                                                        • Penny Reda
                                                          Penny Reda  3 days back

                                                          She does have a excellent talent, that's a given....and she will excel, not body shamming or a troll, but if gurl doesn't get some of that weight off of her, if will for certain cause her great issues.....truth is is love.

                                                          • Andrea Prodan
                                                            Andrea Prodan  3 days back

                                                            Everything DIVINE wanted to be!!!

                                                            • Patricia Perry
                                                              Patricia Perry  4 days back

                                                              She so gorgeous

                                                              • 최나림
                                                                최나림  4 days back


                                                                • MLO
                                                                  MLO  4 days back

                                                                  Let me get this right - almost 3.500 people saw this since summer last year and took the time to 'not liking it'? OMFG ;)

                                                                  • Official Cess
                                                                    Official Cess  4 days back

                                                                    Her control is crazy

                                                                    • Mark Youneva
                                                                      Mark Youneva  4 days back

                                                                      say what you want but you can't deny Lizzo's talent.

                                                                      • Elanette Yehuda
                                                                        Elanette Yehuda  5 days back

                                                                        Lizzo has such a wonderful personality and looks absolutely stunning with clothes on. I don’t understand why she feels the need to expose her flesh for attention. She needs to remember she has more talent to give than some typical stripper.

                                                                        • Norman Elizondo
                                                                          Norman Elizondo  5 days back

                                                                          Te amoooo

                                                                          • Jung
                                                                            Jung  5 days back

                                                                            I love her. Watching her doing her performance makes my day everyday.

                                                                            • A J
                                                                              A J  5 days back

                                                                              STILL MY FAV.... LOVE HER

                                                                              • Chillona 213
                                                                                Chillona 213  5 days back

                                                                                I dont know why the first song had my eyes watering. She put so much emotion.

                                                                                • Kay D
                                                                                  Kay D  5 days back

                                                                                  i just wish she was classy but i guess classy is out of style or something. but hey, thats Lizzo

                                                                                  • Jevon Sheckles
                                                                                    Jevon Sheckles  5 days back

                                                                                    Love her Sm!

                                                                                    • bjorn_late
                                                                                      bjorn_late  5 days back

                                                                                      Gotta blame it on the flute 🔥❤️

                                                                                      • Tiger Backwoods
                                                                                        Tiger Backwoods  5 days back

                                                                                        You a queen don’t need the antics,your talent alone will make folk know who tf you are...✊🏾

                                                                                        • MARYANNE269
                                                                                          MARYANNE269  6 days back

                                                                                          WOW!! She is AWESOME!! And a bit Scary! 😂😂 Love her! 💖💖

                                                                                          • Dyan
                                                                                            Dyan  6 days back

                                                                                            That baby singing improv joke was awesome, so fresh, funny, entertaining and warm hearted

                                                                                            • Quincy Scott
                                                                                              Quincy Scott  6 days back

                                                                                              I Love Her!!!!! So much Energy!

                                                                                              • Leigh Winspear
                                                                                                Leigh Winspear  6 days back

                                                                                                As Mr Smith once put it, Boom Boom Shake Shake tha Room.
                                                                                                Go Lizzo.........................;)