Lizzo recreated Annie Lee’s “Blue Monday” for “SNL” performance

Musical guest Lizzo performs “Break Up Twice” on Saturday Night Live episode 1835 on Saturday, December 17, 2022 (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC via Getty Images)

During Lizzo’s poignant saturday night live performance this weekend, she paid tribute to the beloved work of art Blue Monday by painter Annie Lee through intricate scenography and thoughtful style.

Performs his song “Break Up Twice” from his album Special, Lizzo adorned a custom Rey Ortiz bodycon white dress with a single strap worn by Brett Alan Nelson. The Grammy Award winner sported Bantu knots by hairstylist Shelbeniece Swain.

Lizzo perfectly recreated the scene from the painting, with a bed next to a lamp and an alarm clock on the bedside table, with a blue wall and a calendar behind her, and slippers by her feet. She also appeared as the tired, bent female figure depicted in Lee’s self-portrait as she began to sing.

Blue Monday by Annie Lee

An impressive last-minute effort, Lizzo took a moment to praise the effort of her team, who pulled it all together with less than a week to prepare. The singer was announced as a replacement musical guest on December 10 after The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had to cancel when guitarist Nick Zinner contracted pneumonia.

Lizzo took to Instagram to thank Swain, Nelson, creative director Tanisha Scott, producer and music director Quintin “Q” Gulledge, makeup artist Alexx Mayo, manicurist Eri Ishizu and producer Kevin Beisler. She posted side-by-side images of the painting’s performance and writing, “๐Ÿ’™ you all do miracles!”

Lizzo also posted a series of tweets highlighting the artistic reference. โ€œUniquely Black in America @lizzo is unabashed about its place in the cultural zeitgeist,โ€ wrote a Twitter user. “It hung in every black household at the turn of the 21stst century. It perfectly sums up our state of mind today. We are more than tired.

another tweet read, “Lizzo, your ‘Blue Monday’ tribute was all tonight on @nbcsnl. Saaaang @lizzo and keep Annie Lee fresh in our hearts.

Lee died in 2014 at the age of 79. Known for her authentic portrayals of everyday African-American life and her faceless characters, body language was central to Lee’s compositions and women were often front and center. Lee told the Chicago Grandstand in 1997, โ€œI think my paintings connect me to women. I know how I feel is how many women feel.

For her second song of the night, Lizzo performed her own rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas,” which was released in November. The episode was Elvis actor Austin Butler, and marked the final appearance of longtime cast member Cecily Strong after 11 seasons on the iconic sketch comedy show.

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