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Tossing her hair, flashing a confident smile, and “Feelin’ good as hell,” Lizzo wields thekind of voice that’s right at home in soul, pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and gospel.

“My voice becomes the genre,” she explains. “It’s the common denominator betweenany track—whether we’ve got a West African backbeat, throwback soul, rap groove, or dancehall production. The vocals are the thread that ties the whole story together. Itfrees me up in a way.”