Lizzo Tours Library of Congress will play historic flutes – Billboard

Lizzo took a trip to the Library of Congress this week to test out a number of historic flutes.

Ahead of her chance to play President John Madison’s crystal flute during her show at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, the superstar took a trip to the nation’s national library, and she shared the visit Wednesday on TikTok . During the tour, she tried out Sousa’s original piccolo, dusted off her memory to play “Stars and Stripes Forever” and also played a small instrument that she joked contained, “like a 500-year-old brooch. year”.

Then came, as she recounted, “the moment of truth” to give President Madison’s crystal flute a try before his show. “No one in 200 years had ever heard this flute played,” she explained. “So of course she had to twerk.” Later, she even took the post-Revolutionary War relic to the Great Hall and Reading Room of the Library of Congress for some truly jaw-dropping encores. “Music has never been played in this room before, y’all,” Lizzo said of the strictly silent reading room.

Earlier this month, Lizzo won her first-ever Emmy for Watch out for the big Grrrls, his Amazon Prime reality series, which, adding to his trio of Grammy Awards, officially earns the superstar halfway to EGOT status. She is also partnering with HeadCount on her current tour to encourage fans to participate in the 2022 midterm elections.

Watch more of Lizzo’s essays on flutes in the Library of Congress below.

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