SZA tops Grammy nominations in a year made for women and ‘Barbie’

SZA tops Grammy nominations in a year made for women and ‘Barbie’

Versatile recording artist SZA led this year’s Grammy Award nominations with nine, coming in ahead of industry heavyweights Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish, in a year made for women artists and the movie blockbuster “Barbie.”

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 4.

The 34-year-old SZA, born Solána Imani Rowe, snagged nominations for album of the year with “SOS” and record of the year and song of the year for “Kill Bill,” while being shortlisted in multiple genres including pop, melodic rap and both progressive and traditional R&B.

The song “Kill Bill,” also nominated for best R&B performance, takes its name from the two-part Quentin Tarantino film with lyrics about killing an ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend. The narrator concludes she would “rather be in hell than alone.”

The album of the year nominees competing with SZA’s “SOS” are “Midnights” by Swift, “Endless Summer Vacation” by Cyrus, “World Music Radio” by Jon Batiste, “the record” by boygenius, “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd” by Lana Del Rey, “The Age of Pleasure” by Janelle Monáe, and “GUTS” by Olivia Rodrigo.

Victoria Monét followed closely behind SZA with seven nominations including best new artist and record of the year and best R&B song for “On My Mama.”

Phoebe Bridgers, apart from her duo performance nomination along with SZA for “Ghost in the Machine,” scored six other nominations as part of boygenius, a collaboration with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus.

Rodrigo took six nominations, with her hit “vampire” getting nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance.

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