Lizzo
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Lizzo had an impressive 2019, skyrocketing to fame thanks to her incredible body positivity, self-love, and absolute musical and performance jams. 

But it's not like this "overnight success" was only a year in the making. For a decade, the artist had been working on her music and trying to break out in the entertainment industry. On New Year's Eve, Lizzo remembered the start of the decade, which was much more difficult than where she is now. 

In 2009, Lizzo was working odd jobs, living out of her car, and had just lost her father. Now she's nominated for eight Grammys, has performed on countless awards show stages, headlined SNL, and was Time magazine's Entertainer of the Year. Plus, she's buying her mom a new house. 

I don't think we're ready for what Lizzo will be serving us in 2020. 

Lizzo rang in the New Year with a few social posts. "U ready?" she asked her 7.2 million followers, and honestly I don't think we are. This past year, Lizzo already served us so much great music and self-love, but there is so much more to come. 

The singer took a trip down memory lane and reflected on a much more difficult time in her life. 

Lizzo looked back on the past decade and some of the troubling times she went through to get to where she is now. 

"2009 was the year my daddy died. 2009 was the year I lived in my car and cried myself to sleep on Thanksgiving. 2009 I was a girl in Houston, Texas, with no plan, no hope, no will to carry on," Lizzo began. 

Then she reflected on the year that brought her insane success, "2019 is the year my album and song went number 1. 2019 is the year I told my mama, ‘I can buy you a house.’ 2019 I am a woman with a 20/20 vision of the future. Anything can happen in a decade. Tomorrow is the beginning of your anything. Thanks for the ride 2019. Here we go 2020!"

It may feel like artists pop up out of nowhere, but sometimes it takes a decade of work to get that "overnight" success. 

Other artists identified with Lizzo's come-up throughout the decade. Adam Rifkin, a writer and director, replied to the rapper's tweet: "Sometimes it takes 10 years to get that one year that will change your life." Then he shared a thought from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who worked on his successful Broadway musical Hamilton for years before it found its place.

Lizzo worked as a sign spinner before, and now she's nominated for eight Grammys. 

Lizzo inspired her followers to chase down their dreams, because that's exactly what she did too. Before Lizzo was the rocking rapper, flautist, and singer, she was working odd jobs to make ends meet. "Don’t stop … we need you. 2020 is yours for the taking," she captioned a post showing her at the beginning of the decade working as a sign spinner for Liberty Taxes and then the promo for her SNL debut. 

Lizzo celebrated New Year's Eve feeling all of the feels. 

So, understandably, Lizzo was in her feels on New Year's Eve. There was plenty to celebrate, but also a lot to look back on. It feels as though the whole world is in front of her with so much opportunity ahead. "NYE MOODS," she tweeted with a few glamorous images.