SZA, the most nominated artist at this year’s Grammys, took the stage by storm at the 2024 awards ceremony, delivering dynamic performances of her chart-topping hits “Snooze” and “Kill Bill.” The Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles provided a dramatic backdrop as SZA, clad in a black hat and leather trench coat, commanded attention against a backdrop of fiery dumpsters and vintage trash cans. The transition from “Snooze” to “Kill Bill” was marked by a bold move as she slashed a figure behind her.
Featured on the cover of Rolling Stone’s Grammy Preview issue in October, SZA shared her anticipation for this significant moment. Despite initial reservations, she saw the Grammy performance as a potential life-changing opportunity, prompting her to say yes to an experience she would typically shy away from.
In her own words, SZA acknowledged the magnitude of performing at the Grammys, recognizing that excellence on that stage could amplify her presence, and winning Grammys could propel her to even greater heights, creating a mix of exhilaration and anxiety.
SZA’s sophomore album, “SOS,” released in December 2022, maintained its dominance well into the following year. Recognized as one of the Best Albums of 2023 by Rolling Stone, “SOS” secured SZA nine Grammy nominations, including prestigious categories such as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. Her journey to the Grammy stage exemplified her readiness to embrace challenges and seize opportunities for personal and professional development.