SZA has plenty to celebrate this year. Since dropping off her debut album CTRL after much delay, TDE’s first lady earned not one but two platinum certifications for impressive deep cuts, a gold certification for her aforementioned LP and, most recently, a Soul Train Award.
Now the R&B soultress can add leading the Grammys with the most nominations for a female artist this year to her growing list of accolades.
Following an official announcement on Tuesday (Nov. 28), the “Love Galore” songstress racked up five nominations for “Best New Artist,” “Best R&B Song,” “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,” ‘Best R&B Performance” and “Best Urban Contemporary Artist.” In the wake of the celebratory news, SZA took to her Instagram to share an impassioned thank you letter to her fans and team.
In the lengthy post, the New Jersey native describes the crippling insecurity she experienced during the making of her critically-acclaimed project. At one point she openly admits to begging label head Punch to hire writers for the album out of fear that her music wouldn’t resonate with listeners. “I remember feeling like damn, maybe I suck. Maybe I should try something else? Maybe I’m just wasting space,” SZA wrote.
“Life’s weird…I didn’t have any friends growing up. Never gave my parents an opportunity to say, ‘Wow my kids killing it,’” she continued. “Didn’t graduate or do any fly s**t before my Nana died. Been fired from every job I ever had.”
SZA then went on to share the immense gratitude that she has for her fans. “I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it,” she added. “Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were.”
Check out SZA’s heartfelt letter to her fans below.