Lizzo Wants To Burn Social Media 'To The Ground'

23 February 2023 | 9:28 am | Mary Varvaris

"I would do a factory reset on social behaviour and just start over."

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Lizzo joined BBC Radio 2 host Scott Mills to chat about her recent Grammy win, performing at Glastonbury, and social media yesterday. Despite not knowing what it would be like to be famous, some of her comments are very relatable. Listen to the full interview below.

During the interview, Mills asked, "If there was a button to switch off social media for good for everybody, would you press it?" It's a pretty good question; Lizzo answered, "Hell yeah, I’d burn it down. I’d burn it to the ground."

When questioned why she feels that way, the 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) singer continued, "Because we've lost the original plot of the movie. Social media is a cool tool, but I think it steered us in the wrong direction, and we're just going further and further away from God’s light every day. 

"We're straying further away from the right path, and I think if we did a reset… I would do a factory reset on social behaviour and just start over, and I think, I think we could do better."

Last week, Lizzo made a rock song out of Unholy, the Sam Smith and Kim Petras hit, in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, with a full band comprising a guitarist, bass player, drummer, three backing singers, and a keyboard player. What made Lizzo's cover stand out, of course, was her epic flute solo. 

Lizzo's cover has received mixed reactions from fans, with some absolutely loving her vocals and flute solo, while others have criticised the "low-energy" nature of the performance.

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Last year, Lizzo tweeted, "I wanna play flute for @bjork sooooo bad", after the Icelandic singer revealed Atopos, the first single from her tenth album, Fossora.

Lizzo's tweet isn't as random as it might seem, with the musician having studied classical flute at the University of Houston and spoken of a desire to have a career similar to Björk's. 

Speaking with Billboard in 2019, Lizzo revealed her fandom of Björk, "Man, I want to have a career like Björk, where I can put out albums and do exclusive shows and do a whole flute album like that bitch did", which make the two teaming up in some manner seem quite conceivable.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award for Unholy. They performed the hit single with Petras in a cage and Smith in a horned top hat, which US Senators Ted Cruz and Majorie Taylor Greene labelled the performance as “evil” and “demonic”, respectively, and Fox News host Tucker Carlson called it “transgender satanism”

Lizzo, meanwhile, took out Record Of The Year with her smash hit About Damn Time.