This is the lord's day. There is no body shaming on the lord's day.
First, God created the heavens and the earth; second, he made the sea and the animals; and then, he created people.
God quickly realized he'd made a mistake with the "people" recipe, so he tried again, a few billion years later, and thus was born the gift that is Lizzo. If there is anything that proves the presence of a loving and sentient god, surely it's Lizzo in all her flute-playing, note-hitting, body-positive glory. But, apparently, some would disagree.
On Sunday, Rapper and businessman Diddy hosted the "world's biggest dance-a-thon" on his Instagram account in an effort to raise money to benefit healthcare workers in underserved areas. Many big names and excellent dancers joined in, including Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and, of course, Lizzo.
As is her trademark, Lizzo started to twerk while Diddy's sons danced on his Instagram live stream. Diddy quickly shut it down, shouting, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" jumping into the frame and stopping the music. "It's Easter Sunday, let's play something a little more family friendly." Lizzo appeared to be, understandably, embarrassed and said, "Sorry, sorry, sorry! Let's do something fun. Well, don't play that kind of... play something I can bop to."
P Diddy ain’t SHIT 😭 When Lizzo started twerking he brought that to an end with the quickness but had nothing to sa… https://t.co/W13J0bVHV1— Blay 🇬🇭🇨🇮 (@Blay 🇬🇭🇨🇮)1586766277.0
If Diddy had found Lizzo's dance moves too suggestive for his sons, that would be one thing. But he soon proved that the twerking wasn't the problem when model Draya Michele danced similarly on the dance-a-thon just a few hours later.
"You killed that!" Diddy told Draya. "I think that was one of the top performances."
Twitter users, rightfully, had issues with Diddy's hypocrisy.
You all hate that Lizzo expresses herself the way she does yet have little to no objection when that same expressio… https://t.co/Cd2iyza8Zi— Ahmad K. Khan, Ph.D (@Ahmad K. Khan, Ph.D)1586764505.0
I just gotta say diddy stopped Lizzo twerking but didn’t do the same when Draya did. And then ppl don’t wanna belie… https://t.co/F7xEnDUTbg— enormouspotato (@enormouspotato)1586782458.0
It's obvious that Diddy shutting down Lizzo's dancing had nothing to do with it being "the Lord's day" and everything to do with fat phobia. Online backlash was so severe that he later tried to excuse himself by claiming that he stopped Lizzo because of the song she chose: "When I stopped the music, it was 'cause it had a lot of curses in there," he posted on Instagram. "Not 'cause she was twerking. She's one of the best twerkers in the world, okay? So, let's keep that clear. You are allowed to twerk on Easter. There was a lot of cursing in the record and I don't need child services knocking on my door right now." Cursing on Instagram has never brought child services to anyone's door, but okay, Diddy.
It's sad that some people still can't see the divine miracle that is the female form in all its many variations—especially the holy gift of Lizzo's butt. Of course, so close to Easter, all we can do is pray for Diddy's hypocritical, fat phobic soul and twerk our hearts out, no matter what size we are.
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In terms of memes, the AMAs didn't disappoint. In other respects, of course it disappointed. It's the AMAs.
As we know, the Internet is the world's most accurate and knowledgeable arbiter of talent, and Twitter users and entertainment bloggers are the definitive arbiters of taste and quality.
Also, the AMAs are notorious for selecting top-tier talent, never catering to the whims of the music industry and their own moneyed interests, but rather elevating the voices of artists who deserve to be honored...That said, here's what the Internet had to say about the AMAs.
1. Selena Gomez's performance was off-key—but it wasn't her fault
After nearly two years away from the stage, Selena Gomez returned to perform her new song "Lose You to Love Me." The Internet immediately responded with harsh criticism, calling her performance off-key, but many leapt to her defense, arguing that nerves and her long absence from performing played a role.
Apparently, the performance was plagued by technical difficulties from start to finish, and Gomez also had a "panic attack" before the show, according to E! News. Fortunately, Gomez seemed to be doing well later in the night, and, after hearing about the technical difficulties, fans have swarmed to her defense.
This is what happened with Selena Gomez #AMAs performance last night and Billboard confirmed it! https://t.co/a5dz32Azko— IVAN (@IVAN)1574692538.0
2. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello gave us more of the same
Heterosexual icons Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are milking their "Señorita" success for all it's worth, and they brought the same recipe to the AMAs. Unfortunately, the repetition caused fans to actually listen to the song instead of being mesmerized by Cabello's hair and Mendes' biceps, which caused some confusion and doubts.
I just think the “senorita “ song would convey a deeper level of connection and trust if they agreed to both use vi… https://t.co/4str0gmp20— Natalie Walker (@Natalie Walker)1574655577.0
In Hell, Señorita plays every fourth song on all the playlists.— Phillip Henry (@Phillip Henry)1574648230.0
3. Lizzo's purse was the best part of the entire show
Lizzo's tiny purse made headlines in TIME magazine, CNN, Harper's Bazaar, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, and many other major news sources, many of which argued that the purse was "the best part of the entire show," so if anything, that ought to tell you something about the show. It also inspired a flurry of delicious memes.
Admittedly, the purse was pretty iconic. Maybe we can all resolve to belch extra-tiny amounts of fossil fuels into the atmosphere next.
I can’t believe Lizzo carried my self esteem on the AMA’s red carpet https://t.co/SfhMMTQ6MZ— Ben Yahr (@Ben Yahr)1574638682.0
ummm why is lizzo carrying my will to live in her bag?? https://t.co/MhPmnm6TCD— louise (@louise)1574638303.0
Taylor Swift won Artist of the Decade at the AMAs and, after asking the entire Internet for help and gaining sympathy and support from everyone from Elizabeth Warren to Cher, it turned out that she was able to triumph over adversity in order to perform her old hits. She also won all five of the awards she was nominated for and became the most awarded artist in the history of the AMAs.
Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift singing to each other at the #AMAs! https://t.co/H5XFHV8eIf— UNKNOWN (@UNKNOWN)1574669980.0
5. Post Malone is adorable
Post Malone won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop album for Hollywood's Bleeding, but he also won the award for king of good vibes when the camera caught him dancing along to Shania Twain's medley.
Walk into your short work week with the same enthusiasm as Post Malone dancing to Shania Twain at the #AMAs. https://t.co/qLKauv0VY8— InStyle (@InStyle)1574693659.0
All in all, Posty had a great night. He performed with Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott, and during his album acceptance speech, he solidified his place in awards show history with a peculiar closing line. Just as he was finishing up, he said, "We love you very much and I love grapes."
This sparked a flurry of speculation about the meaning of that cryptic phrase and also caused the Internet to conclude that Post Malone is someone who would be really fun to have a beer with. Maybe we should just elect Post Malone for president; after all, the mark of a great elected official is how fun they'd be to have a beer with. Right?
Post Malone's friend: I dare you to say "I love grapes" if you win this AMA. Post: Challenge accepted Post on stage… https://t.co/V7czCSzbJ0— Jingle Chelle (@Jingle Chelle)1574649606.0
Post Malone ending his acceptance speech with “I love grapes” both has me confused but ... mood?— 🏹 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮, 𝓢𝓱𝓪𝓾𝓷𝓷𝓪 💛 (@🏹 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮, 𝓢𝓱𝓪𝓾𝓷𝓷𝓪 💛)1574649382.0
Ain’t much on @PostMalone ‘s music but that dude seems like he’d be fun as hell to drink beer with.— Mr. Gorse (@Mr. Gorse)1574650121.0
6. BTS won big, and the ARMY can sleep well tonight
The K-pop powerhouse group won all three of the categories they were nominated in, taking home the awards for Favorite Social Artist, Tour of the Year, and Favorite Duo or Group. Fans were ecstatic, especially since BTS has been slighted by awards shows (cough, the Grammys) in the past.
First ever Asian Act to win 'Tour of the Year' and 'Favorite Pop/Duo Group' at AMAs! Congratulations, @BTS_twt!!! F… https://t.co/WRWTdecIcW— Missing Jimin hours: OPEN ☹ (@Missing Jimin hours: OPEN ☹)1574649154.0
BTS wins the @AMAs for tour of the year- no doubt because of this amazing fan base and shows like the Rose Bowl, Pa… https://t.co/9c7JpUpD44— Pete Wilgoren (@Pete Wilgoren)1574650010.0
.@BTS_twt at 2019 American Music Awards 🔹3/3 noms won 🔹1st non-English speaking act to win Top Group Pop/Rock 🔹1st… https://t.co/WnoxPmuSTH— K-Charts and Translations (@K-Charts and Translations)1574659805.0
7. Kesha, Green Day, and Shania Twain returned
The AMAs provided plenty of nostalgia to tug on the heartstrings of their older viewers. Kesha returned to blow everyone away with her hit "Tik Tok"; Green Day celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of their album Dookie and reinvigorated emo with their performance; and Shania Twain blew everyone (most of all Post Malone) out of the water.9. Halsey threw shade at the Grammys
We all know that the AMAs are just a somehow more watered-down Grammys, and Halsey reminded us that though she won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Song for her smash hit "Without Me," she's bitter over her Grammys snub and disillusioned with the trappings of fame and awards on the whole.
HALSEY REALLY THROW SHADE AT THE GRAMMYS FOR SNUBBING HER, BTS AND FOR OTHER ARTISTS WHOS ALSO NOT NOMINATED. WE ST… https://t.co/rnKJOG4CKB— 🌙Mochi🐥 (@🌙Mochi🐥)1574668870.0
In spite of her speech, most people were impressed with her performance.
Halsey gave an amazing performance of “Graveyard” at tonight’s #AMAs. https://t.co/VNBw1qx2b3— The Pop Hub (@The Pop Hub)1574648828.0
8.Lil Nas X made everyone emotional
Despite being 20 years old and set for life thanks to the success of his very first single, the wunderkind (clad in an instantly iconic neon green suit) reminded everyone that it's never too late to shine.
“Whether you’re like 15, 30, 55 or whatever and you feel like your moment has passed, to know that, it’s waiting fo… https://t.co/ubSQtot1MW— Power 106 (@Power 106)1574658241.0
please stop saying i look like a jojo character https://t.co/Jz9S1m84zB— nope (@nope)1574650001.0
9. Ciara and Megan Thee Stallion invented knees
Ciara hosted, performed her new single "Melanin," rocked every one of her looks, received her first platinum plaque as a music label owner, twerked with Megan Thee Stallion (who also delivered some priceless moments), and cemented her place as an eternal star and a person entirely immune to the passage of time.
I can’t believe this JUST happened!! Performed with my bestie @ciara at the F#%CKING AMA’s‼️representing all the Me… https://t.co/LRTYV1kPTa— LA LA (@LA LA)1574647109.0
Best performances so far at the #AMAs: 1. Ciara 2. Audience cheering 3. Toilet flush in the backstage 4. Selena Gomez— ARIANA SHADY FACTS (@ARIANA SHADY FACTS)1574644164.0
megan and ciara invented knees. https://t.co/FiSTJhrCaE— Lord Thotquad 🤴🏾 (@Lord Thotquad 🤴🏾)1574529709.0
.@theestallion is back with a new freestyle! 😤😤|| 🎥@theestallion https://t.co/khnCfiv8Ug— BET Music (@BET Music)1574699902.0
10. Billie Eilish is really scary and very talented—but she's not alt-rock
billie eilish and post malone hugging at the #AMAs tonight 🥺 https://t.co/ELuf8bdC0R— billie (@billie)1574650010.0
I don't think I'm alone in saying Billie Eilish is the embodiment of everything that terrifies and amazes me about Gen Z teen girls. During her first awards show performance, she literally lit the stage on fire.
Despite her talent, viewers were quick to criticize the category she won in (alt-rock).
I DO NOT CARE IF YOU LIKE BILLIE EILISH OR NOT SHE IS A PRETTY COOL ARTIST BUT SHE DIS NOT. DESERVE. THE ALT ROCK.… https://t.co/Yhf5wc8MEK— denise🇭🇰 (@denise🇭🇰)1574651184.0
Then again, music is perpetually changing, genre is just about as real as gender (which is to say it's not real and was created by capitalism), and all of us old folk who don't understand how Billie Eilish won for alt-rock will be dead soon or relegated to the dusty attics of "Ok Boomer" land soon enough anyway.
Say what you will about Billie Eilish but she absolutely belonged in the alt rock category last night. Imagine how… https://t.co/QCcUiEw2kh— Tessa Cates (@Tessa Cates)1574698409.0
11. We're all going to be telling our kids about this someday
Apparently nobody's sticking to their vow not to have kids until we stop the climate crisis, because almost every performance in the AMAs become the subject of a "gonna tell my kids" meme. Poor kids.
gonna tell my kids this was billie eilish https://t.co/zn36TG9iPR— william😗 (@william😗)1574698996.0
i’m gonna tell my kids this was @halsey https://t.co/lI7Xth3dnR— borthdoi boi (@borthdoi boi)1574682183.0
gonna tell my kids god is a woman and her name is selena gomez #AMAs https://t.co/K47I1Lb6I0— moon kike 🤠 (@moon kike 🤠)1574651420.0
i’m gonna tell my kids these are the charlie’s angels https://t.co/bgrpIEToHs— tyler (@tyler)1574657827.0
Gonna tell my kid that Twitter is filled with a bunch of unoriginal copy cats that blindly follow trends like sheep. #Betterthanyou— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️)1574623850.0
Im gonna tell my kids this is Hailey baldwig #AMAs https://t.co/ah9SYziW66— mel (@mel)1574640233.0
Gonna tell my kids this was the queen. #amas @lizzo https://t.co/cdv2K8Nv9J— Us Weekly (@Us Weekly)1574639139.0
Gonna tell my kids this was AMAs https://t.co/m3quCRDxAL— A Potato (@A Potato)1574303958.0
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In the video, you'll find plenty of twerking, glittering lingerie, and neon lights—and the opposite of shame.
Lizzo has graced everyone's Friday morning with her new video for "Tempo (feat. Missy Elliot)."
In typical Lizzo fashion, our patron saint of self-confidence continues to do revolutionary work by destroying fatphobic stereotypes and proclaiming her undying love for her figure and the music that best shows it off when she dances.
"Some songs ain't for skinny hoes," she says, rocking a red cowboy hat and bedazzled lingerie. On a lesser star, it might look performative, like trying too hard to be some kind of body positive icon, but Lizzo's performances always transcend shallow constructs like body positivity or purely appearance-focused joy. Instead, Lizzo focuses her attention on what her body can do—and clearly, her body was made to move.
Missy Elliot's feature takes the song to a new level, placing Elliot's bars over dramatic synths. When they come together with other dancers and start literally defying gravity, somehow it doesn't seem faked. In a way, they've all been floating the whole time.
Lizzo - Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com
This video's release comes a day after Lizzo told Cosmopolitan that depression nearly prevented her from releasing music,. "The day I released 'Truth Hurts' was probably one of the darkest days I've had ever in my career," she said. "I remember thinking, 'If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares. I was like, 'F— it, I'm done.'
That dark time was only the beginning of a stratospheric rise to success. "Now the song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone's falling in love with me for, which is such a testament to journeys: Your darkest day turns into your brightest triumph," she said.
Later in the interview, she said that she'd be happy to star on The Bachelorette, under one condition. "The men would have to be naked and they would have to wear little thong briefs and they would have to feed me grapes," she said. Also, "It would be mandatory to get my p---y eaten at least once on the whole season, and it would have to be filmed."
Today, between her radically honest interviews and radiant, twerk-heavy videos, Lizzo is one of pop's brightest and most tradition-bucking stars. Next up, she'll be starring in the stripper-revenge drama Hustlers, alongside Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, in theaters 9/13.
HUSTLERS TRAILER PREMIERE! www.youtube.com
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