Talent like that of Grammy Award-winner SZA is rarely seen in an industry producing fresh talent seemingly every minute. The singer-songwriter shot to fame thanks to her breakthrough debut studio album Ctrl, racking up several awards in the process, including three Grammy nominations at the 64th annual event, one of which she took home for “Best Pop Duo / Group Performance.” Her contributions to the music business have also earned her the “BET HER Award” at the BET Awards 2021 for her smash hit “Good Days," and this year, she's nominated alongside Doja Cat for "Best Collaboration" and "Video of the Year" for their hit song "Kiss Me More". Ahead of this year’s BET Awards 2022, hosted by actress Taraji P.Henson on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, check out five incredible things SZA is doing outside of the studio.
Crying and laughing with fans… literally
SZA loves to interact with her fans, so much so that back in January 2021, she “made a hotline to cry n laugh n talk w chall 2 days outta the week.” In an Instagram post, she revealed that she even “Put some custom meditations on there too + other resources. ”
Collaborating with major brands
In May 2020, the singer-songwriter partnered up with shoe maker Crocs for an outdoor-inspired clog shoe collaboration that featured colorful Jibbitz charms that showcase the world of SZA. The drop sold out almost immediately.
When’s she not putting in work in the studio to give us viral hits such as “Good Days” and “I Hate U,” the songstress is going platinum on the music charts. In February 2021, SZA tweeted, “I FORGOT TO TELL YALL WE BEEN PLATINUM FOR W FEW DAYS NOW !!” she added, “Feels like we just went gold yesterday!! I can’t thank y’all enough !!”
Making her directorial debut
In 2020, the New Jersey native made her return to the music industry with a new single titled “Hit Different,” featuring rapper Ty Dolla $ign. The song was accompanied by a music video that the singer directed herself, marking her directorial debut.
Advocating for climate justice
When she isn’t topping the charts, making magic behind the camera, the “Broken Clocks” singer is fighting for the environment. In February 2021, she announced her partnership with the non-profit organization American Forests to establish TAZO Tree Corps. The paid local workforce will help fight for climate justice within those affected areas by planting trees and providing regular maintenance to combat climate injustices in Black and Brown communities.
Tune in to the BET Awards 2022 Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.