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SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ Is Time Magazine’s Top Album of 2017

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Following her five Grammy nominations, SZA’s critically-acclaimed debut album Ctrl nabbed the top spot of Time magazine’s Top 10 Albums of 2017 list.

The publication praised the TDE artist’s LP for its “witty songs marked by gorgeously sparse R&B production and ironclad melodies.”

“There’s a reason stars like collaborator Rihanna and labelmate Kendrick Lamar are fans. Her takes on hookup culture and the pursuit of an authentic life are vividly articulated, too. Like all the best artists, her experience is so specific that it rises to the level of universality: She may be one of a kind, but she’s speaking the truth of a whole generation,” the mag wrote.

Following her at No. 2 is SZA’s TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar and his fantastic album, Damn. The magazine saluted K.Dot’s LP for its “blistering social commentary and deep introspection.”

Last month, SZA received five nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best R&B song for “Supermodel” and Best R&B Performance for “The Weekend.”

After the Grammy announcements, SZA went on her Instagram page to thank the Recording Academy for the nominations.

“INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor,” she wrote. “[I] can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear…Thank you Top and Punch for believing in me no matter what (even when I’m on your LAST nerves). Thank u RCA for giving me new
wings. THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS LIFE! I DONT UNDERSTAND. #Ctrl.. a concept.”

Check out Time‘s Top 10 Albums of 2017 here.

I️ remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I️ could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I️ remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ) . Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I️ was SICK lol ). I️ BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I️ thought no one would ever like me the way I️ was . He said “U don’t need em”. I️ remember crying cus I️ didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I️ remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I️ should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird . I️ Didn’t have any friends growing up. never gave my parents an opportunity to say “wow my kids killing it” didn’t graduate or do any fly shit before my nana died . been fired from every job I️ ever had ..I remember sobbing on the phone w punch pleading for the album not to come out cause I️ couldn’t take the embarrassment . Just wanted another week . Another day ?..he ignored me n said I’d be fine…This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I️ dunno what to say cause I️ dunno how to accept its even happening to me lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life even until this week (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!! . I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it. Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were. INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor. I️ can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear (specially the producers of the century @somethingnebula @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody ) . Thank you Top and Punch for believing in me no matter what (even when I’m on your LAST nerves) . Thank u RCA for giving me new wings THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS LIFE I️ DONT UNDERSTAND . #Ctrl.. a concept . #mygrannynominatedfor5grammys #TDE

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