Fans have been hooked onto the SZA train since she came on the scene in 2012. A decade later, the singer cemented herself as one of the hottest artists in the r&b genre. The songwriter earned two nominations at this year’s Soul Train Awards, including the much-sought title of “Best R&B/Soul Female Artist” and “The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award.” Ahead of the celebration, hosted by comedian and actor Deon Cole, here are five things you probably didn’t know about Top Dawg Entertainment’s r&b princess SZA.
She had other plans for the title of her critically acclaimed Ctrl album
SZA’s critically acclaimed 2017 debut studio album was initially supposed to be a part of a trilogy titled A. The project would’ve served as a follow-up to her previous mixtapes, S, and Z.
She received five nominations at the 60th annual Grammy Awards for the project including Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Performance for "The Weekend" and more.
She’s a trained gymnast
SZA revealed to Complex in 2013 that she was a gymnast for 13 years. She even earned the title of captain of her team. As a sophomore in high school, she ranked number five in the nation.
She eventually quit the sport, telling Nylon, “I just started caring about boys and other things. I think, before, I was very compelled by mystery, and I’m motivated by curiosity and seeing how far things can go.
She’s written for several A-listers
SZA has co-written several popular songs for several A-list musicians, including “What Lovers Do” with Maroon 5, “Staring at the Sun” for rapper Post Malone, and Rihanna’s ”Consideration,” which she also provided vocals on.
The Soul Train Awards 2022 premieres Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm ET/PT on BET and BET Her.