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SZA Wows Billboard at Music Awards, Year-End Charts
Chief among SZA’s awards was her honored status as Top R&B Artist, making her the first woman to claim the #1 year-end R&B/Hip-Hop Artist title since Beyoncé in 2014.
The end of year award season nominations and announcements have been nothing but kind to SZA. Whether she’s leading the pack in sheer volume of Grammy nominations or being celebrated for her status as a trailblazing woman in music, everything seems to be coming up SZA. In her most recent accomplishment, SZA took home four awards at the Billboard Music Awards at the ceremony last week.
SZA entered the night tied with Morgan Wallen as the second most-recognized finalist, with 17 entries in 16 categories. Chief among SZA’s awards was her honored status as Top R&B Artist, making her the first woman to claim the #1 year-end R&B/Hip-Hop Artist title since Beyoncé in 2014. SZA’s other three awards won include Top R&B Female Artist, Top R&B Song for "Kill Bill" (beating herself out for her other nomination in this category, “Snooze”) and Top R&B Album for "SOS.” Her awards of the evening outpaced notable artists like Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna and The Weeknd.
In other Billboard-related news, SZA finishes 2023 as the No. 1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, marking the end of an eight-year streak of male acts dominating the list, once again as the first woman to earn the spot since Beyoncé in 2014. Her album "SOS" secures the top spot with a historic 22-week run at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, breaking records for the longest run by a female artist and the most weeks atop the chart since 1990. The track "Kill Bill" also makes history, claiming the No. 1 position on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for an unprecedented 21 weeks.
In addition to her artist and album achievements, SZA earned the No. 1 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriters list. Notably, she became the first artist since Drake in 2018 to top all three major year-end R&B/hip-hop rankings.
All said, not a bad showing for SZA thus far. We eagerly anticipate how she will fair with nine Grammy nominations. Before those awards happen in Feb. 2024, SZA will perform next at iHeartRadio Z100’s Jingle Ball Tour.