Best Female Vocalist - 2013
Lizzo is not from Minneapolis, but her time spent in Detroit and Houston enriched her soul and voice with confidence, originality, and a competitive streak that immediately endeared her to all corners of the local community. Be it in the Chalice, a power trio of Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Claire de Lune bringing '90s-era rap and R&B to our ears; her rap duo Absynthe with Eris; work with Doomtree producer Lazerbeak; or guest shots for everyone from Caroline Smith to Greg Grease, Lizzo just keeps working like a boss. When she sings, it's with clarity, reach, and that intangible stuff that ignites sparks between your heart and the back of your neck. And her rap punch lines are regoddamndiculous. Though her hair is ever-changing, that voice is never anyone else.