Obese pop star Lizzo gets historic loan: ‘B*tch, I just twerked and played James Madison’s flute from the 1800s!’

Portly pop star and trained flutist Lizzo received the rare honor of briefly playing a 200-year-old flute that once belonged to James Madison.

During a concert at the Capital One Arena on Tuesday evening, the diva played two notes on the precious musical instrument originally gifted to the fourth U.S. president that was temporarily loaned out to her for the occasion by the Library of Congress.

Whether this was hot air or not, Lizzo claims that she is the first and only person to actually use the wind instrument.

In the video embedded below, flute curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford hands Lizzo the flute onstage in a pre-arranged sequence.

The musician told her adoring fans after carefully holding the instrument that “B–h, I just twerked and played James Madison’s flute from the 1800s! We just made history tonight…history is freaking cool, you guys.” She also compared it to trying to play “out of a wine glass.”

Via Twitter, Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress, had invited Lizzo to play the instrument when she was in town, an offer that she immediately accepted — in all caps.

The Library of Congress reportedly has a collection of nearly 2,000 flutes, the largest such assemblage in the world.

“The historic instrument was gifted to President James Madison by Claude Laurent, a Parisian watchmaker and mechanic, in the early 1800s,” NBC Today reported.

Laurent sent Madison, who is regarded as the Father of the U.S. Constitution, the flute apparently in commemoration of the latter’s second inauguration.

“Its silver joint is engraved with Madison’s name, title and the year of its manufacture — 1813. It’s not clear if Madison did much with the flute other than admire it, but it became a family heirloom and an artifact of the era,” the Library of Congress explained.

Lizzo, 34, shared the brief sequence on Twitter and Instagram, resulting in more than a million views.


The day before the concert, Lizzo received a private tour of the Library of Congress collection and played some of the instruments, including the Madison flute.

“So when Lizzo asked if she could play the flute at her Tuesday concert in front of thousands of fans, the Library’s collection, preservation and security teams were up the challenge. When an item this valuable leaves any museum or library, for loan or display in an exhibition, preservation and security are the priorities. At the Library, curators ensure that the item can be transported in a customized protective container and a Library curator and security officer are always guarding the item until it is secured once more,” the LOC explained.

Parenthetically, Lizzo seems to be a big liberal, at least based on her recent comments at the MTV Video Music Awards when she talked about voting “to make changes to laws that are oppressing us.”


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According to the Washington Post about the singer/songwriter’s visit to the government repository, “Lizzo’s tour took her into the ‘flute vault’ where she saw flutes made of wood, jade, ivory and other material. One flute she played was made of plexiglass at a time when the material was first invented. There is only one other flute like it in the world. She also played the Madison flute that day for the first time.”

At the time of Laurent’s gift, most flutes were made of wood or ivory. Glass flutes “were popular for a few decades, but he was almost alone in making them and they faded from popularity after flutes began to be made of metal in the mid-19th century,” LOC recalled. “Today, only 185 of [Laurent’s] glass flutes are known to survive, and his crystal flutes are even rarer.”

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