Lizzo Has Been Named TIME's Entertainer of the Year | 22 Words

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll have noticed the massive impact that Lizzo is having on the music industry. From her incredible lyrics and her infectious beats to her message of self-love, she's the breath of fresh air that we've all been waiting for. And Lizzo's live performances at the BET Awards and the VMAs made fans of A-listers like Rihanna and Queen Latifah. Even Beyonce can't resist her charms!

And now she's got a huge accolade to her name - crowned as TIME's Entertainer of the Year. Keep scrolling to learn more about why her win is so important.

Lizzo was born Melissa Viviane Jefferson in Detroit in 1988.

She's been making music for a long time (her debut album came out in 2013) but she's only hit the mainstream fairly recently.

Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, is a total masterpiece.

But it's not just the brilliant music that she makes that has garnered Lizzo such a legion of fans. There's so much more to the star.

For one thing, she's totally unique.

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Which other plus-size, dance-trained, hip-hop artist plays the flute in almost all of her songs? Truly, Lizzo is one of a kind.

But what's even more important than her talent?

It's gotta be Lizzo's incredible message. Her lyrics are all designed to inspire self-love and confidence - particularly in young women. In a world of problematic messages, she's a real force for good.

And the internet has responded.

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Social media is rife with jokes about how we are all now trying to love ourselves - if only to make Lizzo proud. Hey, any motivator makes for a good start!

In June, Lizzo stormed the stage at the BET Awards.

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She performed her hit single "Truth Hurts," wearing a leotard-wedding-dress - and blew the collective minds of the entire audience.

She started the performance atop a giant wedding cake.

Lizzo then proceeded to remove her veil and gown, dance like no one was watching, and even include an impressively intricate flue solo. We have to stan.

And eagle-eyed fans noticed one thing.

There was one audience member at the BET Awards who was truly losing her mind over Lizzo's performance - a certain Rihanna.

And that hasn't been the end of Lizzo's stage domination.

She also performed at the MTV Video Music Awards - and, again, blew the internet's collective mind. For one thing, the stage was decorated with a giant inflatable booty.

Lizzo performed a medley of her greatest hits.

And, to finish, also managed to preach a message of self-love to the eagerly awaiting audience.

And yet again, Lizzo was making famous fans.

At the VMAs, the audience was pretty much all going wild for Lizzo - including one Queen Latifah.

And, again, Rihanna offered her support to Lizzo.

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In one NSFW Instagram message, Lizzo claims that Rihanna "said I f**ked the stage like it was my side b***h. Don't get mad, Rihanna. I am not trying to blow up your spot, but that was a hard a** line! I might take that line."

And that's not Lizzo's only famous fan.

Incredibly, the POTUS in our hearts, Barack Obama, tweeted his and Michelle's (incredibly cool) summer playlist - and you best believe it included our gal.

And, understandably, Lizzo was blown away.

Oddly enough, she had tweeted earlier in the day about her love for Obama. Sometimes the universe really seems to work in mysterious ways.

And it seems that there's no end in sight to Lizzo's reign.

Because her latest performance has garnered her yet another high-profile fan - the Queen herself, Beyonce.

And that wasn't the only performance.

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Lizzo also took to the stage at the Philadelphia Music Festival in September a typically amazing array of stagewear. Her set included all of her hit songs, including "Juice" and "Good as Hell," plus exceptional dance moves.

And it seemed like Lizzo also gained a particularly high-profile fan.

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As you'd probably expect, Jay-Z's wife and sometime-collaborator. Beyonce was in attendance at the festival. She also performed - but her biggest moment took place backstage.

She showed the close up on Twitter.

Because, if you look closely, a certain somebody is watching Lizzo from behind the scenes - and it seems like Beyonce likes what she sees.

At it gets even better.

Because some fans even captured a video of Beyonce grooving along to Lizzo's signature beats.

But Lizzo's latest move has cemented her as an icon.

The star has been named as TIME's Entertainer of the Year.

Her win is so important...

The star has been recognized for her trailblazing message of body positivity, advocacy for self-love, and her "relentlessly positive and impossibly catchy" sound.

It's a truly impressive achievement.

"Attending a Lizzo concert feels like worshipping at the church of self-love, if your preacher was a pop star living joyfully in a big black body, delivering a sermon of self-acceptance that’s as frank as it is accessible," author, Samantha Irby, wrote for TIME magazine.

Lizzo opened up to the magazine about being an advocate for body positivity:

“I’ve been doing positive music for a long-ass time. Then the culture changed. There were a lot of things that weren’t popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing. Now I’ve seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I’m mainstream! How could we have guessed something like this would happen when we’ve never seen anything like this before?" the songstress told TIME.

People can't get enough of the songstress.

Fans are suitably thrilled at the star's big win.

Congrats, Lizzo!

We're all for Lizzo's prolific rise to fame - long may it continue. Want more Lizzo? Keep scrolling for the hilarious viral meme born out of her most famous lyrics.