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25 June 2019, 11:33 | Updated: 25 June 2019, 11:36
American hip-hop artist Lizzo just interrupted her own performance of ‘Truth Hurts’ at the BET Awards with a heroic flute solo – and even Rihanna loved it.
In true Lizzo style, she surprised fans with a fiery flute solo towards the end of the song. Grabbing the instrument from one of her backing dancers, she played two bright trills, earning her a standing ovation from Rihanna.
This was the first time Lizzo and her flute – and any flute, for that matter – had graced the BET Awards stage, making her performance an all-round first.
As well as being a chart-topper and one of the biggest artists of the moment, Lizzo is also a classically trained flautist.
While she doesn’t play a flute solo in the original recording of ‘Truth Hurts’, the rapper works flute-driven passages into most of her live performances.
She does all of this on top of a fully-choreographed dance routine and some pretty impressive vocals, making us question how she developed such great breath control.
The aim of Lizzo’s flute playing is clear. She told NPR: “You just wait until this nerd gets into hip-hop. I will make everybody love the flute again.”
It seems she’s doing a pretty good job so far...
You’ve never really seen true artistry until you’ve seen Lizzo twerk whilst playing the flute. #BETAwards— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 24, 2019