Lizzo Gives Songwriting Credit for “DNA Test” Tweet, Sues Plagiarism Accusers
British singer Mina Lioness will share credit for “Truth Hurts” based on a tweet she sent in 2017.
Days after a pair of musicians accused Lizzo of plagiarizing her notable “Truth Hurts” lyric, the singer and rapper filed a lawsuit against them and is planning instead to give a songwriting credit to a British singer.
The lyric in question is the now-ubiquitous line, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.”
In 2018, singer Mina Lioness angrily claimed that Lizzo had allegedly taken a viral 2017 tweet of hers and used it to make that famous first line. Lizzo initially denied the claim, stating on Instagram that she had never seen it before.
“But u know, there’s 10 BILLION ppl on the planet. The odds of multiple people have the same idea are VERY high,” Lizzo said.
But after more crediting controversy arose last week between her and two sibling producer/songwriters, Lizzo once again spoke out on Instagram to clarify where she got her inspiration for the line.
“… while working on a demo, I saw a meme that resonated with me, a meme that made me feel like 100% that bitch. I sang that line in the demo, and I later used the line Truth Hurts,” she said on Wednesday. “The men who claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song. They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it.”
Lizzo also explained that she later learned the meme which inspired the lyrics did, in fact, originate with Lioness’ viral tweet, so she announced she would give her a songwriting credit.
“The creator of the tweet is the person I am sharing my success with…not these men,” Lizzo said.
Lioness responded on Twitter by saying, “I just took a DNA Test, turns out I’m a credited writer for the number one song on Billboard.”
I just took a DNA Test, turns out I’m a credited writer for the number one song on Billboard.— Legendina (@MinaLioness) October 23, 2019
“Truth Hurts” has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks, tying the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a rap song by a female artist.