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SZA Follows up Grammy Nomination Sweep With Big Femme Energy Honoree Award
Lizzo presented SZA with her award at the second annual Femme it Forward Give Her FlowHERS Gala, which was the last of the night. While doing so, Lizzo called SZA “my favorite songwriter of all time,” adding that she has gone from being an “O.G. SZA fan” to sharing a genuine friendship with her.
Late last week, singer-songwriter SZA was honored at the second annual Femme it Forward Give Her FlowHERS Gala in Los Angeles, just hours after her remarkable announcement as the most nominated artist at the 66th annual Grammys. Femme it Forward is known for recognizing leaders in music for their artistry and mentorship of the next generation of trailblazers. In addition to SZA, other honorees included Brandy, Teyana Taylor, Flo Milli, Jordyn and Jodie Woods, and Monaleo.
Lizzo presented SZA with her award, which was the last of the night. While doing so, Lizzo called SZA “my favorite songwriter of all time” while presenting her with her award, adding that she has gone from being an “O.G. SZA fan” to sharing a genuine friendship with her.
“Your music is a gift to us all. You tear us apart, and you put us back together again. You challenge us to examine our shadows,” Lizzo said while presenting SZA with the award. “You’ve done so much for us. Honestly, we don’t deserve you, but you deserve your flowers. You blow my mind every single day, Solána Imani Rowe. I love you deep.” The star also sang “Happy Birthday” to SZA, who turned 34 earlier that week.
SZA, who was nominated for nine Grammys earlier that morning, spoke about the positive phase in her life as she accepted the Big Femme Energy Honoree Award. “This is a strange stage in my life, not because anything is wrong per se, but probably because everything is right,” she said. “I’m seeing God move in my life in a very strong and direct way, and I really would like to just be still enough to listen to how to spread that to other people and know what I’m supposed to do right now. I feel so blessed and so grateful to even be acknowledged by anyone and around peers, especially in my own life, that I look up to.”
In her closing remarks, Femme it Forward founder Heather Lowery encouraged extending appreciation beyond the event, promoting understanding and sisterhood.