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“Atlanta, you by far are my favorite city.”
These were the words spoken by Queen Lizzo herself during her opening set as hundreds of Atlanta’s fans let out screams of pure joy mixed with excitement and praise for the songstress during her performance at The Tabernacle. As the floor trembled beneath my feet, I couldn’t help but to be wrapped up in the electric energy that filled the entire room.
Running through the songs from her most recent album release, Lizzo commanded the stage. She was bold, confident and beautiful as she sashayed and twerked her way across the stage backed by her dancers known as the “Big Girls”. For an hour and a half people from all walks of life traded their mundane daily life for a good time and twerk session.
It is not uncommon for artists to leave their fans with words of encouragement. Though at times it may seem forced or disingenuous, but with Lizzo, it was different. Lizzo would often stop and deliver positive words of affirmations for the crowd to repeat. She even shared stories of her own struggles with self-love and self-acceptance after every few songs. In those moments she no longer felt like just another performer spewing the same spiel but instead a friend, who cared about those around her living their best lives and accepting themselves.
Of course, the show was not without a few surprises. Lizzo was able to get the legendary Missy Elliot on the phone for a quick “What’s Up!?” to the crowd. If that isnt cool enough, in the name of love and making memories, a surprise proposal also took place. The room erupted into cheers and screams as she said “Yes.”
Overall, Lizzo not only reminded concert-goers that they were “100% that bitch”, she reminded us all that life’s a little too short to not love yourself.