In her first Grammys nod since signing to California’s Top Dawg Entertainment in 2013, fans of SZA had rooted to the heavens for a Best Rap/Sung Performance and/or Best New Artist success for the R&B neo-soulstress.
SZA’s career landmarking debut album, CTRL, became the soundtrack of womanhood from the heart and eyes of a young, Black 20-something, drawing eyes to her ethereal vocals and connecting fans in the most mesmerizing way 2017 had ever seen. Alongside her mother and nanny, who SZA held on her arms as her dates for the evening and whose voices graced several intros and outros on CTRL’s track list, the 27-year-old expressed that the 2018 Grammys is her proverbial graduation.
But after her TDE label mate Kendrick Lamar claimed victory over Best Rap/Sung performance, and Candian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, who made her debut in 2015, grabbed the gramophone for Best New Artist, SZA fans came to one conclusion: she was robbed.
See their discontent with yet another Grammy’s snub below.
Y’all not gonna rob my girl SZA @ grammys pic.twitter.com/lJPqJyhGNt— :~) (@shutitsierra) January 29, 2018
Im so annoyed!!!!!!! @sza better take something home tonight!!!!!— LAURASTYLEZ (@LAURASTYLEZ) January 29, 2018
i really thought sza would take home best new artist considering,,, u know... the fact ..... she is the best new artist— sami (@ezekielfiguero) January 29, 2018
SZA LOST TO WHAT?— jovan (@EhJovan) January 29, 2018
SZA ain’t win Best New Artist? pic.twitter.com/SyKIiy8Smr— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 29, 2018
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