KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Award-winning pop star Lizzo announced a new concert series across North America on Monday with the tour kicking off right here in Knoxville.
The three-time GRAMMY Award-winner will kick off the second leg of her The Special 2our Friday, April 21 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The 17-date concert tour will run through Friday, June 2 and include stops in Lexington, Memphis and Raleigh.
Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. on lizzomusic.com. American Express cardholders will have first access to tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 through Nov. 17.
The concert is a part of the University of Tennessee‘s Volapalooza, an annual end-of-year concert event. A number of student tickets will be available at a discounted rate of $30.
Students will receive an email from Thompson-Boling Arena to their UT email address with information on how to purchase tickets and a second email with the link to actually purchase the tickets.
Lizzo, who is also a classically-trained flutist, ascended into stardom in 2019 with several platinum-charting hits on her debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU.
The 7x platinum hit, Truth Hurts, made her just the third female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart without a featured artist and marked the longest-running No. 1 by a solo female rap artist ever.
Named by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time,” “Truth Hurts” went on to earn a 2020 GRAMMY Award for “Best Pop Solo Performance,” with CUZ I LOVE YOU (DELUXE) receiving that year’s GRAMMY for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” and “Jerome” earning “Best Traditional R&B Performance.”
She was set to become the first ever female artist to headline Bonnaroo in 2020 before the Tennessee festival was canceled due to COVID-19. She and Megan Thee Stallion were announced as headliners for the 2021 edition that was canceled after rain from Hurricane Ida flooded the campgrounds. Stevie Nicks became the first woman to headline in 2022.
Her most recent album Special peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart. She recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Competition Program for the Amazon Prime reality series, Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.