Lizzo Talks Beyoncé, Flip-Flops, and Flutes in “Carpool Karaoke” With James Corden
In a joyful but revealing “Carpool Karaoke,” Lizzo joined James Corden for a jaunt around Los Angeles on The late show. The enthusiastic singer was delighted to be there. After the duet opened with “Good as Hell”, she exclaimed, “Wow, that’s so cool. People know my music well enough that I can do that. That’s so cool.”
After explaining how she went from her real name, Melissa, to Lizzo, they moved on to a funny version of “Juice,” which resulted in James grabbing a flute in the back seat. The Grammy winner threw some shade over the talk show host’s choice of flute but I played it anyway. After Corden asks why her flute is called “Sasha Floot” after Beyoncé’s alter ego “Sasha Fierce”, the Watch out for the big Grrrls star told her how important Queen Bey has been in her life.
“When I was shy, or didn’t think I was cool or was being bullied, I would listen to Beyoncé in my bedroom and it carried me away,” she said. “I would feel something. I would feel like my life is gonna be better, you know? There is hope for me.
“The way she makes people feel is what I want people to feel with music,” Lizzo added. “She was my North Star.”
The discussion of Beyoncé’s greatness led to a rousing rendition of “Crazy in Love.” This was followed by a deep dive into the “Cuz I Love You” singer’s religious upbringing, which sometimes causes trouble between the flamboyant entertainer and more traditional members of her family.
“For the first 10 years of my life, when we lived in Detroit, I was in the Church of God in Christ. When you have that faith, it’s strict with what kind of music you listen to,” she said. “We weren’t listening to secular music, it was devilish music.”
Corden wondered if a young Melissa would have been allowed to listen to Lizzo. “In the beginning Lizzo, yes. But when Lizzo started swearing, no,” she said with a laugh. “I pissed off a few family members.” She remarked that her cousin would call her mom yelling, “Tell Melissa to put on some damn clothes.”
The crazy road trip ended with an “impromptu” TikTok of Lizzo’s new single “About Damn Time,” and of course, “Truth Hurts,” because that’s the show getting closer.