The 2018 Grammy Awards will go down in music history as the year that women were shut of every nearly every major award at the same time the 'Time’s Up' movement was gathering steam, and it’s arguable that few of the female nominees who were ignored by Grammy voters are as pissed off about it than SZA.
In a recent interview with GQ, the 'Love Galore' singer admitted that she was “mad as hell” to receive zero Grammys after receiving five nominations this year, losing out to Alessia Cara in the Best New Artist category (the only major award won by a woman that night).
“You feel like you’re really falling short and you f**king failed [your fans],” SZA said during the interview.
“I just didn’t know how to take it,” she adds. “I didn’t say anything, I didn’t post, because I’ve never had to deal with anything I really believed in wholeheartedly, or invested in, and went through something that publicly before. I wanted to be honest as f**k, and if today I’m just mad as hell, I don’t want to say something that reflects me being mad as hell. But I definitely feel blessed now. I also don’t feel compelled to explain myself.”
Continuing furiously in the no-holds-barred interview, she said:“We reached a billion streams on Spotify. The United States f**ks with my songs. We’re changing little girls’ lives across the world, and we didn’t even know what we were doing when we started. This is something much bigger than me and a f**king trophy. I’m appreciative of the opportunity. But s**t happens.”
Although the 'Ctrl' singer was clearly irate with the Grammys, she did admit in the interview that the experience ultimately turned out to be humbling, and taught her a lesson that she says will guide her as she works on her second LP.
“It’s just learning how to process the lesson, the opportunity, the gift of the moment, rather than just letting your ego dictate what it all means,” she said.
The experience seems to have taught SZA an early lesson to leave awards out of the game and just make music that touches lives.
“That was hard, but it was a really beautiful lesson. I’m super grateful. I didn’t make my album with the Grammys in mind, and I’m definitely not gonna make my second one with the Grammys in mind. I’m just gonna make really good f**king music and just try to touch people,” she added emphatically.
With the Grammys getting less and less relevant in the era of streaming and instant fandom, it seems like a good approach.
We can't wait to see what SZA does next.
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