SZA makes her "SNL" debut.
No one of sound mind can debate that this was the Year of SZA. Since finally gracing the masses with her debut CTRL album, it's only been up from there for Top Dawg Entertainment's resident siren.
She's since gone on her first headlining trek, garnered several RIAA plaques, and further secured her place as more than a flash in the pan after locking down five Grammy nominations for the 2018 ceremonies: best new artist, best R&B performance, best rap/sung performance, best R&B song, and best urban contemporary album.
But before closing out 2017, she most recently accomplished a rite of passage when she made her debut as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The episode, hosted by James Franco, featured SZA as she powered through CTRL's "Love Galore" and "The Weekend", the cuts responsible for her two Platinum plaques and a slew of commercial success.
As she enters the new year, she's expressed her intent on delivering on a solid sophomore effort without the intention of stringing fans along for the finished product.
I literally want to just kick my anxiety to the curb," she explained in a sit-down with MTV News. "I want to start this next album and finish it without feeling like, ‘Do I need four years to wonder if it should ever see the light of day?' That’s like my number one goal, really just completing, and living in that courage to take that risk and not drag it out."
Check out both of SZA's performances below.