Lizzo performs 2 songs from the new album on SNL

Lizzo pulled double duty on the April 16 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but the Grammy Award-winner didn’t break a sweat as she alternated between her roles as host and musical guest (although she did break character). When it came time for her musical performances, Lizzo performed two songs from her long-awaited new album “Special,” which will be released on July 15, to an enthusiastic “SNL” audience. First, she performed her new disco-style single, “About Damn Time,” and then debuted the album’s title track, “Special,” in an emotional performance that made it clear just how personal the anthem to perseverance is for the singer.

The two very different performances seemed designed to showcase the “Truth Hurts” singer’s impressive range. For “About Damn Time,” she donned a bright yellow ensemble and joined his backup dancer, Big Grrls, as he sang the upbeat song about healing. “Turn the music up, dim the lights / I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be alright,” he sang before playing his flute.

However, “Special” was the highlight of the night. Lizzo previously shared a snippet of the song on TikTok, but this marked the official debut of the heartwarming ballad. Fittingly, she had her mother, Shari Johnson-Jefferson, introduce her before she launched into her moving performance. From the very first lines, it was immediately clear that the song is as much about the singer’s personal experience as it is about reminding her listeners that everyone is special in her own way.

The song begins with: “I woke up this morning with someone in a video/Talking about something I posted in a video/If it wasn’t for me would you be offended?/Or is it just because I’m black and heavy? Even though I don’t You listen… / Famous, pretty, new, but I’m used to people judging me”.

In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Apple’s “New Music Daily,” Lizzo opened up about harnessing her own fears and turning them into positives for the songs on her new album. “I was so scared, and I had to do the work on myself, and this music is part of that work to turn that fear into love,” she explained. “I hope that when people listen to this album, it makes their day a little better, a little more full of love.”

Check out Lizzo’s “SNL” performances below.

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