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SZA in 2017
Solána Imani Rowe

(1989-11-08) November 8, 1989 (age 34)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginMaplewood, New Jersey, U.S.

Solána Imani Rowe (born November 8, 1989[2]) known professionally as SZA, is an American R&B singer-songwriter. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. She began making music in the early 2010s. When she started her music career, she made two EPs. After that, she signed with the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment. Through the signing, SZA released her third studio EP, Z, in 2014.[3] During that same year, she co-wrote "Feeling Myself" with Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. In 2016, she was featured in Rihanna's song "Consideration".

In 2017, she released her first studio album, Ctrl. It reached number 3 on the Billboard 200. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was released to international praise from critics.[4]

Also in 2017, she collaborated with Maroon 5 to make the Top 10 hit single "What Lovers Do".

The next year, in 2018, she collaborated with Kendrick Lamar to create the Top 10 single "All The Stars" for the Black Panther soundtrack. "All The Stars" was nominated for an Oscar for both artists.[5]

In 2020, she released the single "Good Days". In 2021, she released the single "I Hate U" and collaborated with Doja Cat to make the song "Kiss Me More". All three singles reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[6][7] In 2022, SZA released her second studio album, "SOS". SOS reached number one on the Billboard 200.[8]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

SZA has earned several awards including four Grammy Award, a Billboard Music Award, an American Music Award and two MTV Video Music Award with nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

References[change | change source]

  1. "SZA Biography". AllMusic.
  2. "SZA teases new song "PSA" as she celebrates her 33rd birthday".
  3. "SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl in Top Dawg Entertainment". Billboard.
  4. "CTRL by SZA". Metacritic.
  5. "All the Stars: SZA and Kendrick Lamar Are Now Oscar-Nominated".
  6. "Morgan Wallen, SZA Hit Hot 100's Top 10, Chris Brown & Young Thug Rule Radio Songs". Billboard.
  7. "SZA reacts to landing her first solo 'Billboard' Hot 100 hit, "Good Days" - Music News - ABC News Radio". Archived from the original on 2021-05-02. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  8. "SZA Scores First No. 1 Album with SOS". Pitchfork. 19 December 2022.

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