Lizzo performs at the MTV Video Music Awards – The Hollywood Reporter
Three years after celebrating her first season at the Video Music Awards for the first time, Lizzo returned to the awards show stage at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Sunday night to perform the first two official singles from her 2022 album, Special.
The versatile performer kicked off the performance with the first verse of her hit “About Damn Time”, before pivoting to follow-up single “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” – pounding out the distinctive opening organ hook of the song with a set of keys that appeared under his feet on stage, a la FAO Schwartz’s Tom Hanks in the movie Big. She then delivered a typically energetic rendition of the up-tempo song, moaning and kicking alone on stage in front of a large screen as various lyric and dancer graphics appeared behind her.
“About Damn Time” became Lizzo’s second No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this summer, following 2019’s “Truth Hurts” — which she performed, along with second top five hit “Good as Hell,” in a triumphant performance at that time. VMA ceremonies of the year. “2 Be Loved” debuted at No. 84 on the Hot 100 after Special’s release week, and is currently growing on radio, having recently climbed to No. 19 on Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart.
Lizzo is nominated for five awards at this year’s Video Music Awards: Artist of the Year, as well as Song of the Year, Best Pop, Video For Good and Song of the Summer, the last four all for “About Damn Time”. Lizzo has been nominated for seven VMAs in the three previous ceremonies — most recently with her Cardi B collaboration “Rumors” which earned a song of the summer nod in 2021 — but for this year’s VMAs, she has yet to bring home a Moon Person statue.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.