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Singer SZA says she is ‘free’ of the pressure to win a Grammy

SZA has been nominated nine times for a Grammy but has never won.

However, losing so many times has released the 30-year-old from a certain pressure, she told the February issue of Cosmopolitan where she posed for photographer Djeneba Aduayom.

‘Once you’ve been nominated and lost, you’re very much free because you’re not concerned. I passed that threshold years ago—it’s an old energy to me. Why would I be mad?’ said the singer, whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe.  

Looking good: SZA has been nominated nine times for a Grammy but has never won. However, losing so many times has released her from a certain pressure, she told the February issue of Cosmopolitan where she posed for photographer Djeneba Aduayom

Over it: 'Once you've been nominated and lost, you're very much free because you're not concerned. I passed that threshold years ago—it's an old energy to me. Why would I be mad?' said the singer, whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe

Over it: ‘Once you’ve been nominated and lost, you’re very much free because you’re not concerned. I passed that threshold years ago—it’s an old energy to me. Why would I be mad?’ said the singer, whose real name is Solána Imani Rowe

Her nominations in 2018 were for RECORD OF THE YEAR All The Stars, SONG OF THE YEAR All The Stars, BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE All The Stars, and BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA All The Stars.

In 2017 she was nominated for BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST R&B PERFORMANCE The Weekend, BEST R&B SONG Supermodel, BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM Ctrl, and BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE Love Galore.

The beauty, who was photographed in yellow silk as well as fuchsia, green and gold for Cosmo, got her start almost nine years ago.

She debuted almost eight years ago: In October 2012, SZA self-released her debut EP, See.SZA.Run, which she then followed up with her second EP, S, in April 2013. Her third EP came out in April 2014

She debuted almost eight years ago: In October 2012, SZA self-released her debut EP, See.SZA.Run, which she then followed up with her second EP, S, in April 2013. Her third EP came out in April 2014

In October 2012, SZA self-released her debut EP, See.SZA.Run, which she then followed up with her second EP, S, in April 2013. Her third EP came out in April 2014.

SZA’s first studio album, Ctrl, was released on June 9, 2017, and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  

SZA collaborated with Maroon 5 for their 2017 record What Lovers Do, followed by a song with Kendrick Lamar, All the Stars.   

Gold standard: SZA's first studio album, Ctrl, was released on June 9, 2017, and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America

Gold standard: SZA’s first studio album, Ctrl, was released on June 9, 2017, and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America

Last year she released two new songs which are expected to be on her upcoming studio album.

Looking back, Sza said that 2020 made her look at the world differently. 

She stated, ‘2020 definitely affected my ability to create and just the way I see everything. It forced me to restructure.’

Big names love to work with her: SZA collaborated with Maroon 5 for their 2017 record What Lovers Do, followed by a song with Kendrick Lamar, All the Stars

Big names love to work with her: SZA collaborated with Maroon 5 for their 2017 record What Lovers Do, followed by a song with Kendrick Lamar, All the Stars

She has another album on the way: Last year she released two new songs which are expected to be on her upcoming studio album

She has another album on the way: Last year she released two new songs which are expected to be on her upcoming studio album

New lease on life: Looking back, Sza said that 2020 made her look at the world differently. She stated, '2020 definitely affected my ability to create and just the way I see everything. It forced me to restructure'

New lease on life: Looking back, Sza said that 2020 made her look at the world differently. She stated, ‘2020 definitely affected my ability to create and just the way I see everything. It forced me to restructure’

On her legacy: ‘Right now, more than ever, I’m just figuring it out—who I am and what I want that to be. 

‘Before, it was more about letting people know that I was a good writer and that I shouldn’t be counted out.’

And the crooner added, ‘And now it’s more, You have power; you can shape the world based on the things you genuinely care about.’

What do you want to be, Sza? On her legacy: 'Right now, more than ever, I'm just figuring it out—who I am and what I want that to be'

What do you want to be, Sza? On her legacy: ‘Right now, more than ever, I’m just figuring it out—who I am and what I want that to be’


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