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Lizzo’s message about resilience is vital for anyone who has suffered setbacks

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The rapper just revealed that when her single ‘Truth Hurts’ was released, she almost wanted to quit music. Now, the single will be eligible for Grammy awards, and Lizzo has never been more successful.

If you’ve listened to Lizzo’s single ‘Truth Hurts’, you know that it’s something special.

The track, which features some of the best lyrics in Lizzo’s catalogue — “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” is our particular favourite — is a joyous, upbeat ode to never letting a man’s bullshit get you down. “Yeah I got boy problems, that’s the human in me,” Lizzo sings on the single. And ain’t that the truth.

When the song was released, way back in 2017, Lizzo and her collaborators producer RickyReed and songwriter Jesse Saint John knew that it was a hit. “I thought this was the best song we had ever written together, and even remember telling friends ‘if this ain’t it, I don’t know what is,’” Reed has said. But the track couldn’t break into the charts.  

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And so it languished for two years, known and loved mostly by Lizzo superfans, until it was featured in the trailer for Netflix’s romantic comedy Someone Great. Because of its prominent placement in that film — stars DeWanda Wise and Gina Rodriguez jam to the track in one of the movie’s best scenes — the single picked up notice. 

At the same time, Lizzo’s star was rising. And so the artist decided to include ‘Truth Hurts’ on her forthcoming album Cuz I Love You, despite the fact that it had already been released. Since then, the single has reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has become one of the most recognisable songs from the album.

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Today, Lizzo revealed that the Grammy Academy has ruled that ‘Truth Hurts’ will be eligible for Grammy Awards next year.

“Everybody got have sum to say but I been busting my ass for 10 years makin music,” Lizzo tweeted when the news was announced. “Touring blood, sweat, tears. When I dropped ‘Truth Hurts’ I was so depressed I almost quit music cuz no one cared.”

“IDGAF this my testimony, my hard work paying off, a reminder to never give up,” Lizzo added. “Thank u!” 

The artist added that it was important to her to say, loud and proud, that she deserves the success that she is currently enjoying. “I know I shouldn’t speak my mind (like I used to) on this app [Twitter] but I’m just so happy and proud of this moment I’m having and I’m gonna savour every minute of it by being true to myself,” she tweeted.

“Say it with me: I deserve this!”

She’s right: she does deserve it. And she’s right to shout about her achievements from the rooftops (of social media). Because when you’ve worked hard on something after suffering setback after setback, when that something finally sticks, it’s important to savour that success.

So if you’re in Lizzo’s position are finally seeing your hard work pay off then say it with her: I deserve this! 

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Hannah-Rose Yee is a writer based in London. You can find her on the internet talking about movies, television and Chris Pine.

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