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Lizzo Net Worth, Music, Early Life

Lizzo is currently at number three for Billboard's best songs of 2022 with About Damn Time. Just a decade ago, no one knew this artist's name. How has she gotten so successful?

Lizzo on stage
Net Worth $14 million
Source Of WealthSinger
Born27th April 1988
Birth NameMelissa Viviane Jefferson
Height5ft 10in (178cm)

While many people know all about Lizzo's viral hits, most people don't know anything about where she started and how she made her way to music super-stardom.

If you've been wondering about Lizzo's net worth, her relationships, her personal life, and her career, we've got you covered. From her humble beginnings to her life as a world-famous popstar, we've got the information you're looking for.

Read on to learn more.

Lizzo's Net Worth: How Much is the "Truth Hurts" Singer Worth?

Lizzo's net worth is $14 million. This pop star is doing well for herself, especially at such a young age!

As a musician, Lizzo doesn't make a salary like she would with a traditional job. Instead, she earns money from concerts, music downloads and streams, record sales, interviews, appearances, and more.

Not only does she tour, but she's also been on television, which definitely added to her income. Lizzo has really only just gotten started, so if she's doing so well financially already, we're sure that her net worth will grow exponentially by the time she's a more established artist!

Lizzo: Early Life

This is likely not surprising, but Lizzo wasn't born "Lizzo." Lizzo was born "Melissa Viviane Jefferson" on April 27th, 1988. Melissa was shortened to "Lizzo" for her stage name.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan, but didn't start performing until she was living in Houston, Texas. She left Detroit at age ten.

Allegedly, she would call into radio shows when she lived in Houston and rap to win competitions. While she didn't know it yet, this was the first step toward a successful career!

Lizzo went to the University of Houston. She was in the marching band and she played the flute (something that she still does sometimes even as a professional performer).

After her father passed away, Lizzo was living out of her car and trying to make it as an artist. She ended up dropping out of school and moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011. Little did she know, this would be the best thing she's ever done and the first step toward super-stardom.

Lizzo: Relationship

Lizzo prefers to keep her personal life private. She is allegedly dating Myke Wright, but not much is known about this power couple. They have known each other for years, and they were friends before Lizzo reached her current level of fame.

Myke Wright is an actor and comedian. He and Lizzo have been seen out and about together, and their relationship is serious. Until they're ready to share more information, that's all there is to know about them!

Lizzo: Career

Lizzo has always been a performer, but her big break didn't come immediately. She was, however, getting good gigs before she became a household name. As a matter of fact, she started seeing some level of success as early as 2011.

Here's a quick timeline of Lizzo's career from the time she was in Minneapolis all the way to her current successes.

Humble Beginnings

Lizzo was part of a 3-piece rap and R&B group called The Chalice. While The Chalice never reached worldwide fame, they were popular in the Minneapolis music scene, so Lizzo got a taste of what being a performer could potentially look like for her.

She then created her first official album, Lizzobangers. This came out in October of 2013, and it was a moderate success. While most people have never listened to her early music, it got positive reviews and it even had four music videos.

In late 2013, she toured as an opening act for Har Mar Superstar. She was even named by Time as one of the top musical artists to look out for in 2014!

At this early point in her career, Lizzo got a special gift. She was mentored by the one and only Prince, who may be the biggest musical act to ever come out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She and her The Chalice group got to perform on one of Prince's albums.

While Lizzo put in plenty of work, it's possible that she wouldn't be where she is now without the help of Prince.

Big Grrrl Small World

In October of 2014, Lizzo got to perform on the David Letterman show. She was already starting to work on her next album.

This second album, Big Grrrl Small World, came out in December of 2015. It was named one of the top fifty hip-hop albums of the year by Spin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil was Lizzo's first extended-play album (otherwise known as an EP). She released it in March 2016. This is the album that one of her most popular early songs, Good as Hell, appeared on.

Coconut Oil was kind of Lizzo's love poem (or love album, in this case) to herself. It talked about body positivity, self-love, and picking yourself back up when you're feeling down. It's a happy album that made an impact on critics and average listeners alike.

Rolling Stone named Coconut Oil number 14 on the list of best pop albums in 2016, which is the largest honor that Lizzo had received thus far.

This is when Lizzo started getting worldwide attention. She got to tour with acts like Florence and the Machine, she was a guest judge on Ru Paul's Drag Race, and she was even in Teen Vogue.

Overall, Lizzo had finally started to "make it," but she was just starting to gain momentum. She still had a lot to show the world.

Finally Making It Big

After the success of Coconut Oil, Lizzo had a lot to live up to. She released her next hit single, Juice, in January of 2019, and people adored it. Her years of hard work and little rest paid off.

The full album containing the single, Cuz I Love You, was released in April of 2019. The album hit number 4 on the Billboard top 100, meaning that this was her official big worldwide break.

That year, Lizzo got to perform at the major California music festival, Coachella.

One of her most popular songs, Truth Hurts, wasn't even officially supposed to be on that album. Instead, it made it onto the deluxe version of the album after it appeared in the film Something Great. It went viral on TikTok and kept Lizzo topping the charts for months.

Lizzo, due to her success in 2019, got the honor of being the last musical guest on Saturday Night Live of the year. Because it was 2019, she was also the last guest of the decade, meaning that she closed out the 2010s with a bang on one of the most popular shows in the United States.

Lizzo released her most recent album, Special, in July of 2022. It came alongside a "light show experience." About Damn Time from the album went viral on TikTok (and for good reason, it's catchy).

Now we're just waiting to see what Lizzo does next!

FAQs About Lizzo

Now that you know all about Lizzo's career and income, what else are you interested in knowing? Lizzo doesn't keep many secrets from her fans. Here are a few frequently asked questions (and their answers) about Lizzo.

Is Lizzo a Vegan?

Lizzo is an enthusiastic animal advocate and a vegan!

Lizzo was a vegetarian for over a decade, but in 2020, she transitioned to a fully vegan lifestyle. She loves sharing vegan food on her social media platforms.

Many people criticize Lizzo's vegan lifestyle, or claim that she's lying about being plant-based. She responds to these criticisms with humor and sticks to her guns as an animal-lover.

Who Has Lizzo Collaborated With?

Lizzo has done several collaborations with big names so far, and we can only assume that she'll continue pairing up with artists to produce fun and fantastic music.

As we mentioned before, Lizzo did get to work on Prince's album, which was her first large collab. While she did that with her girl group, The Chalice, instead of under her own name, we think that it's a big enough collaboration to qualify.

While this isn't a traditional collaboration, pop icon Ariana Grande did a remix of Lizzo's Good as Hell in 2019, bringing it back to the radio.

Lizzo collaborated with Charlie XCX on Blame It On Your Love.

She paired up with somewhat controversial rapper, Gucci Mane, for Exactly How I Feel. She also paired up with female rap superstar, Missy Elliot, for Tempo.

This is only a short list. Who would you like to see Lizzo collaborate with next?

Does Lizzo Have Any Awards?

For such a young artist, Lizzo sure does have a lot of great awards to her name already. As a matter of fact, she has a total of 18 awards and over 80 nominations already!

As far as awards she's won go, she's won:

  • Apple Music Awards
  • BET Awards
  • Billboard Music Awards
  • BMI Pop Awards
  • BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
  • Clio Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • Guinness World Record
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards
  • Queerty Awards
  • Rolling Stone's International Music Awards
  • Soul Train Music Awards

There are also several awards for 2022 that are still pending, so it's clear that Lizzo still has plenty of honors in her future.

What is Lizzo's Sexuality?

Lizzo doesn't label herself with any specific sexuality. She considers herself a part of the LGBTQIA community. She says "I personally don't ascribe to just one thing."

This refers to her gender and sexuality. Lizzo does, at the time of this article, use she/her pronouns.

Lizzo prides herself on her differences, and because of that, her music has become hugely popular amongst queer listeners. She knows what it's like to be "othered" due to her race, gender, and weight.

What Does Lizzo Do Aside From Music?

So is Lizzo only a musician?

Lizzo primarily focuses on her music, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have anything else going on. As a matter of fact, she has several irons on the fire (so to speak).

Lizzo has also acted. She was a voice actor in a movie called UglyDolls. She's hosted a reality show on Amazon Prime called Watch Out or the Big Grrrls. She's also been in a movie called Hustlers in 2019.

Lizzo also recently released her own shapewear brand called Yitty. Yitty is carried by Fabletics, but it's its own independent brand.

Yitty is an alternative to boring and restrictive shapewear. Lizzo wanted it to be more fun and inclusive.

The brand ranges from extra-small to 6XL, meaning that almost anyone should be able to wear it. There are bras, shorts, bodysuits, and even loungewear.

Lizzo is also an advocate, and not just for animals. She donated $500,000 to planned parenthood after the announcement of the Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court.

Lizzo practices what she preaches and works hard.

We Love Lizzo

Lizzo has become somewhat of a powerhouse in the music industry. She's come up from the bottom to the top with hard work and constant effort. From 2011 forward she's been hustling and clawing her way up the charts, and now he has the success to show for it.

She's in the fashion world, the music world, and even Hollywood. She's not stopping anytime soon.

Our net worths are for entertainment purposes only. We do our best to provide accurate figures, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. The figures are based on public information and estimates, and may not reflect the true value of assets or liabilities.

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