With four Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, SZA is one of the breakout performers of the past year, yet she reveals she never actually planned to become a recording artist.
“I definitely wanted to be in business, I didn’t want to be in music,” she tells British Vogue. “I thought I was going to have a really nice corner office, a lot of respect and a power suit.”
SZA’s change of plans has worked out pretty well for her: She’s scored five Grammy nominations and counts Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Travis Scott among her fans. Another big-name fan: former President Barack Obama, who put SZA’s song “Broken Clocks” on his list of favorite songs of 2017.
In July, SZA was the only female headliner at the Lovebox festival in London. She tells British Vogue it’s time for women to be treated as equals.
“The time is now,” she says. “Feminine energy is dominant, whether you throw it on a line-up or not. Everyone can feel it.”
“We don’t need [men] to survive or be valid functioning members of society,” she continues. “[Women are] representing themselves in a new grown-up demographic that’s probably quite threatening to what we’ve always known.”
SZA is currently recording the follow-up to her acclaimed debut album, Ctrl.
“I made my first song for the second album in London actually,” she says, ”and that was pretty cool.”
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