Lizzo, who has a history of breaking ground, added another first to her resume when she performed at the Washington, DC, stop of her tour by using a 200+ year-old crystal flute that belonged to a past US president. The talented flutist and singer of “About Damn Time” performed the delicate woodwind that was given as a gift to James Madison in 1813 by French flute maker Claude Laurent with finesse.
Before enabling Lizzo to use the flute on stage, the Library of Congress kept it in its vault for many years. Viewers of the concert captured Lizzo handling the flute with excitement and delicacy while under the watchful eye of Capitol Police and Library employees.
She gave her audience a brief history of the flute and claimed to be “the first person to ever play it.” “B***h, I’m scared,” she said, as the audience laughed. “It’s crystal. It’s like playing out of a wine glass, b***h, so be patient.”
A video Lizzo posted on social media shows her playing a note on the crystal flute and stopping abruptly as it sounds. Then, as is her trademark, she gingerly twerked while playing a few more fluttery notes on it. She held the flute triumphantly in the air for a few seconds before delicately handing it back to the waiting staff.