LIZZO – James Madison’s centuries-old crystal flute (live at Library of Congress)

Some people visit Washington, D.C., for the tourist attractions, like monuments and museums. They probably don’t expect to see history being made at a pop concert — but that’s what happened to an arena full of fans at Lizzo’s concert Tuesday night.

The superstar singer, rapper and classically trained flutist took a quick but momentous break from the setlist of “The Special Tour” to play a crystal flute that was owned by former President James Madison and loaned to her by the Library of Congress.

That makes Lizzo the first and only person to play the centuries-old flute, she said in a tweet. At least one other person has played it before, as NPR reported in 2001[+]

Lizzo played various collectible flutes in the Reading Room and flute vault at the Library of Congress’s Great Hall on Sept. 26, including former president James Madison’s crystal flute. She then dazzled a massive audience at Capitol One Arena that evening, revealing she had Madison’s flute on stage with her.


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