SZA Addressed Her Album Of The Year Snub At The Grammys And Said She’s “Happy For Everybody” After All The Backlash Over Taylor Swift’s Historic Win

Had she won for SOS, SZA would have become the first Black woman in 25 years to take home the Grammy for Album of the Year.

In the lead-up to Sunday’s Grammys ceremony, all eyes were on SZA with the expectation that she’d be the first Black woman in 25 years to take home Album of the Year.

SZA smiling while standing at podium

Featuring hit singles like “Kill Bill,” “Snooze,” and “I Hate U,” SZA’s SOS was a major triumph straight off the bat — debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200 and breaking the record for the biggest streaming week for an R&B album following its December 2022 release.

SZA sitting on a platform suspended in the air as she performs

Since then, SOS has claimed a ton of other records, including the most weeks at Number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart — a feat held by Aretha Franklin for 54 years. “Snooze” also remains at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking its 58th week on the chart.

SZA performing onstage

And so, with such high expectations, some fans were left a little disappointed when it was Taylor Swift who wound up forging her name into the history books on Sunday night, taking home Album of the Year for Midnights and becoming the first artist ever to have won the top award for four albums.

Taylor Swift onstage accepting her Grammy

“I love taylor but midnights did not deserve AOTY…. especially over SOS,” one fan wrote on X in the aftermath, echoed by plenty of others who felt that Midnightshonestly isn’t Taylor’s best album.”

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“Truly an album that’ll be forgotten in her discography and an example of the Recording Academy’s incompetence and refusal to reward black women when they deserve it,” someone else wrote, garnering nearly 70k likes.

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If you know anything about the Grammys — and the Album of the Year category in particular — you'll be fully aware this isn’t the first time that a Black artist has been deemed to have been snubbed despite being the favorite to win.

Beyoncé onstage accepting a Grammy

“Midnights beating SOS for Album of the Year wouldn't be as depressing if Harry's House hadn't beat Renaissance & 25 hadn't beat Lemonade & 1989 hadn't beat TPAB & Morning Phase hadn't beat Beyoncé & Random Access Memories hadn't beat Good Kid & Babel hadn't beat Channel Orange &,” one person wrote, listing off some of the most memorable snubs of Black artists in the category.

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“Giving album of the year to midnights over SOS is almost as bad as when harry's house won over renaissance,” echoed another post with more than 82k likes, referencing Harry Styles’s controversial win over Beyoncé in 2023. “Like what do black women in music have to do at this point lmfao.”

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The last time a Black woman won Album of the Year was Lauryn Hill in 1999, and while SZA wasn’t able to change that fact, it sounds like she’s still thrilled by her achievements.

Closeup of SZA

Asked whether she had “thoughts” on the snub discourse during a post-Grammys interview, SZA — who took home three other awards that night for Best Progressive R&B Album, Best R&B Song, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance — made it clear that she holds no complaints or hard feelings.

SZA sitting in the Grammy audience posing for a photo

“I’m grateful I won three. I could have left with nothing and I didn’t, and I’m grateful,” she told the Hollywood Reporter on Monday. “My parents got to see it and I didn’t bomb on live television, and that was so scary.”

SZA accepting her Grammy

“I faced some really big fears and I’m just happy that it all went well, genuinely,” she said, adding: “I’m happy for everybody.”

SZA onstage

During her “unreal” acceptance speech while collecting the award for Best R&B Song for “Snooze,” SZA adorably gave Taylor a shoutout in the audience. And in her interview, she revealed that wasn’t the only time they interacted throughout the night.

SZA taking a photo with Taylor Swift and Halle Bailey

“We talked a bunch actually,” SZA said of Taylor. “She’s funny as hell.”

Closeup of SZA and Taylor Swift

So, as for whether her first ever solo Grammy wins have sunk in yet, SZA said she’s still in a “fever dream.”

SZA accepting her Grammy award

“It doesn’t feel like anything yet because I’m still in last night,” she said. “I’m not really in today yet.”

SZA onstage

“But I’m just so grateful and relieved that it’s [Feb.] 5. I survived [Feb.] 4. I didn’t crash and burn on national television, and I’m so grateful,” she added. “Had I not won a lick, won a single thing, I would’ve been so grateful to just have survived the night.”

Lizzo and SZA onstage as SZA accepts her Grammy

There you have it. Congrats, SZA!

Closeup of SZA accepting her Grammy

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