PHOTOS: Lizzo, Doja Cat bring body-positive message to the Fillmore

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Photos: Daniel Lee

SAN FRANCISCO — In an industry dominated by misogyny and the male gaze, Lizzo’s message of female empowerment and body positivity is a welcome breath of fresh air. The 29-year-old Minneapolis singer, born Melissa Jefferson, brought her “A” game the second she hit the stage with her DJ and backup dancers, bouncing and twerking in front of a packed house at the Fillmore.

The crowd sang along to her cover of Beyonce’s “Hold Up,” the voices chanting in unison to a story and song that’s all too familiar. And when Lizzo took a moment to address the crowd by saying, “Can’t nobody love me like I do/ Can’t nobody fill my shoes,” the audience erupted in cheers.

A highlight came when the DJ dropped the beat for dancehall classic “Murder She Wrote,” by Chaka Demus and Pliers, and several fans were invited on stage to demonstrate their skills.

Opener Doja Cat got fans in the mood to dance early. Dressed in a pink fur hoodie and platform gogo boots, the rapper-songstress had the audience pinned as she asked, “Ya’ll do drugs?” before launching into her 420-friendly hit, “No Police.”

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