SZA may have missed out on a gramophone trophy tonight, but she delivered one of the most well-received performances of the evening with a fiery rendition of “Broken Clocks.” Framed by an isometric installation and backed by a screen that played mind-bending imagery of optical illusions and the scroll from The Matrix, SZA made her case for a make-up nomination/win the next time around.
SZA was nominated for five awards tonight, including Best R&B Performance for “The Weekend,” Best Urban Contemporary Album for CTRL, Best R&B Song for “Supermodel,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “Love Galore,” and Best New Artist. She had a strong claim for each, as CTRL landed with all the force of a tsunami and it seemed like everyone caught the wave. While CTRL was hailed as one of the best albums of the year by critics, it also blew up commercially, peaking at No. 5 on Billboard‘s Hot 200 list and spending 23 weeks on the chart.
SZA was also praised by her peers and contemporaries, as everyone from established hitmakers like Miguel to newcomers like Khalid were caught putting their own spin on her hit, “The Weekend.” Other celebrities freaked out over the album on Twitter and she even made former President Obama’s year-end favorites playlist.
Unfortunately, SZA didn’t get to take home any of the awards she was nominated for as she was swept out for every category early in the evening, but you can still follow our list of winners which will update throughout the evening.