'Booked, blessed and busy': Lizzo returns

Lizzo's summer turned up a notch Friday, with the poster child of self-love

dropping her long-awaited album "Special" fresh off an Emmy nomination and ahead of a forthcoming tour.

The 12-track record brings back the soulful pop-rap blends that made the

effervescent performer a household name with her messages of body positivity,

feminist empowerment and sexual freedom.

The hitmaker, whose 2017 song "Truth Hurts" became a viral sleeper smash and

boosted her to global fame two years later, promoted the release of her fourth

album with a "Today" show performance in Manhattan outside of NBC's studios.

"I'm so proud of this album," she told the show Friday. "It was three years in the making.