Smitten With Tyson Beckford, Lizzo Asks: “Am I Ready (2 Be Loved)?”

By Terrance Turner

Aug. 28, 2022

In a thrilling new collaboration with producer Max Martin, singer Lizzo questions whether she’s prepared for a serious relationship — and falls hard for Tyson Beckford.

“Am I Ready (2 Be Loved)” is Lizzo’s first collaboration with producer Max Martin. “This is the first record I made with Max Martin, and it’s a dream record. As someone who’s been writing songs since I was 9, who studied music since I was 12, and who dreamed of being a performer, Max Martin is the dream collaborator. Recording it was like watching a legend in action. He’s an extremely collaborative, open, creative soul. The song is a callback to when pop records had key changes—that golden era of late-’80s and early-’90s pop when singers had massive records that were vocally impressive but also danceable, and the production quality was very intentional. I think it’s a work of art. It’s a masterpiece.”

She’s not wrong. “Am I Ready” is a stunner: a song that manages to be both catchy and confessional. It’s a frank look at Lizzo’s questioning whether she’s ready for something serious. “I did the work; it didn’t work,” she says at the beginning. “That truth, it hurts/Goddamn, it hurts.” In the music video, Lizzo leaves herself at the altar — throwing it back to her video for 2019’s chart-topper “Truth Hurts” — and hops into a red convertible for a cross-country trip across the desert.


“I’m good with my friends; I don’t want a man,” Lizzo sings in the first verse. After leaving her convertible behind and traipsing through the desert, Lizzo asks, “How am I supposed to love somebody when I don’t even like myself?” She then comes up with a solution. “Guess I better learn to like this,” she sings. “It might take my whole life just to do.”

In the video, it’s right about then that a motorcycle speeds into view, mounted by model Tyson Beckford.

It’s love at first sight when Lizzo spots Tyson Beckford. Photo from “Am I Ready (2 Be Loved)”
Tyson Beckford landed a contract with Polo Ralph Lauren in the early 1990s and has stunned onlookers as a model for decades. Here, Beckford attends the First Annual “Runway For Life” celebrity fashion show to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital May 11, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Model Tyson Beckford wearing Chris Aire Jewelry at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on August 1, 2008 in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)

As she snuggles with Beckford, Lizzo reconsiders her views again. On a (fantastic) chorus, Lizzo asks: “Am I ready to be loved?” It’s a lyrical call-and-response: Lizzo asks, “Am I ready?” and is answered by reassuring background vocals (“Girl, there ain’t a doubt”, “You deserve it now”). Behind all this is hyper-catchy, infectious dance pop crafted by Martin — another example of his legendary genius.


Lizzo performed the song on tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards.

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