The first-time nominee is up for 8 nominations tonight, including best new artist

By Colleen Kratofil
January 26, 2020 06:13 PM
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As expected, Lizzo is looking “Good as Hell” at the 2020 Grammys.

The superstar singer — and first-time nominee — arrived in true Lizzo fashion wearing a head-turning glamorous white outfit that channeled her love of music industry icons like Diana Ross and Cher.

The singer, 31, wore a strapless white Versace gown with sweetheart-style neckline, featuring sparkly silver beading throughout. She teamed the look with an elegant white feathery stole and white crystal-adorned strappy heels, plus $2 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry including a double strand diamond necklace, custom diamond earrings and diamond rings.

She kept her beauty look classic — with dewy makeup and classic curly waves.

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The nominee’s makeup artist of almost three years, Alexx Mayo, says the glam squad “wanted to channel icons of the past old Hollywood [and] wanted her to look like the best version of herself.”

Mayo says their process “all starts with wardrobe imagining what character we want to play up today. It really is a paint as you go.”

To start what he hopes will go down as a “classic, timeless look” Mayo used an exfoliating device — Dermaflash Luxe — to remove any dead skin. “The device offers a treamtment you’d normally have to go to the spa to get,” he says. Next, he “made sure her skin was intensively hydrated before applying any product.” The pro used Versed skin care, before applying Urban Decay’s All Nighter Face Primer (so her makeup wouldn’t budge) and the brand’s Stay Naked Foundation.

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Mayo says he loves “so many of her features” but really enjoys “playing up her cheeks.” On them, he applied Urban Decay’s Stay Naked Threesome palette.

While the pro created her flawless look, Mayo says his client helps keep the mood upbeat. When she’s not catching up on emails or TikTok (!), “we do sing-alongs together” he says.

And he adds that he can tell Lizzo’s happy with the final look “just by the way she looks at herself in the mirror.”

Alexx Mayo/Urban Decay

The singer led this year’s crop of hopefuls with a total of eight nominations, including record of the year and song of the year for “Truth Hurts,” album of the year for Cuz I Love You and best new artist.

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Her other nods are for best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” best R&B performance for “Exactly How I Feel,” best traditional R&B performance for “Jerome” and best urban contemporary album for Cuz I Love You (Deluxe).

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Inspired by Lizzo’s eight nominations, manicurist Eri Ishizu created a glitter “8” design on each nail. See our exclusive close-up, below!

After priming her nails with Christian Louboutin Loubi Primer, Ishizu applied The Nudes in Madame Est Nue “for a cream base with a subtle sheen”. Next, she used the brand’s Metallinudes in Goldissima to create “subtle 8s” on Lizzo’s nails “symbolic of her eight Grammy nominations”.

The finishing touch? A dangling crystal design on the end of each nails, and Christian Louboutin Loubi Gloss top coat “to seal the manicure and give a patent leather-like shine”.

Courtesy Eri Ishizu

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When the nominations were announced, Lizzo took to Twitter to thank fans with a slew of excited, all-caps tweets.

“THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR MUSIC AND IM JUST SO THANKFUL TO EVEN BE PART OF IT,” she wrote, responding to another tweet which simply read, “THANK YOU.”

“WE ARE ALL WINNERS,” she added in a third tweet.

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Two other first-time nominees, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, follow closely behind Lizzo with six nominations each, while other musicians nominated include Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers, H.E.R., Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

PeopleTV’s PEOPLE Now host Jeremy Parsons, PEOPLE Senior Editor Janine Rubenstein and Entertainment Weekly Senior News Editor Gerrad Hall are co-hosting a live red carpet pre-show ahead of the awards ceremony. Catch the full livestream at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT or on PEOPLE’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also watch on the PeopleTV app, available on all of your favorite streaming devices.

Tune into the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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