Lizzo has claimed she’s “not making music for white people” after reaching mainstream chart success.
The Grammy-winning artist, 34, shot to fame when her singles Cuz I Luv You and Good As Hell became global smash hits.
She has since gone on to produce a number of hit singles and albums and speaking recently, denied criticism that she “isn’t making music from a black perspective.”
She told Vanity Fair: “The thing is, when a black artist reaches a certain level of popularity, it’s going to be a predominantly white crowd.
“I am not making music for white people.
“I am a Black woman, I am making music from my Black experience, for me to heal myself [from] the experience we call life.”
During the interview, Lizzo explained that her music ultimately serves as an ode to Black women like herself.
She added: “We need self-love and self-love anthems more than anybody.
“So, am I making music for that girl right there who looks like me, who grew up in a city where she was underappreciated and picked on and made to feel un-beautiful? Yes.
“It blows my mind when people say I’m not making music from a black perspective — how could I not do that as a Black artist?”
Lizzo released her fourth studio album Special earlier this year.
Including hit singles 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) and About Damn Time, the album comes alongside a global world tour – with the European leg including UK dates kicking off in March 2023.
Earlier this month, Lizzo blasted Kanye West after the rapper namechecked her in his controversial Fox News interview while sharing his view that obesity is being glorified in the US.
Appearing on stage in Canada, the performer quipped: “I feel like everybody in America got my motherf***ing name in their motherf***ing mouth for no motherf***ing reason.
“I’m minding my fat Black beautiful business.”