SZA is one of the most inspiring success stories in music this year.
The Top Dawg Entertainment singer/songwriter is the most nominated female artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards. She leads the women with five nominations including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song (Supermodel), Best R&B Performance (The Weekend), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Ctrl), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Love Galore). JAY-Z and her labelmate Kendrick Lamar leads the nominees with eight and seven nods respectively.
In a heartfelt message to her fans and supporters, SZA, real name Solána Imani Rowe, says that she never expected to get a Grammy nomination, not in her wildest dream. “I never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE,” she wrote on Twitter while also sharing a screenshot of a text message that she received from her mother.
I? never really thought this would possible for me ..sometimes u get told no a lot or ur not good enough or ur not the “type” n U start to believe it…THANK U EVERY SINGLE PERSON THATS EVER TAKEN A CHANCE ON ME OR BELIEVED AT ALL .I? LOVE YOU.. specially my Mama.#TDE ??? pic.twitter.com/fkirMXWABf
— SZA (@sza) November 29, 2017
“I? remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I? could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I? remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ),” she wrote on Instagram. “Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I? was SICK lol ). I? BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I? thought no one would ever like me the way I? was . He said “U don’t need em”. I? remember crying cus I? didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I? remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I? should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird.”
SZA also spoke about not wanting to release her debut album because she was afraid of the disappointment.