Solána Imani Rowe (born November 8, 1989), known professionally as SZA, is an American R&B singer. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, SZA began making music in the early 2010s, releasing two extended plays, See.SZA.Run (2012) and S (2013), before signing with the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released Z (2014), her third EP and first retail release. That same year, she co-wrote “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. In 2016, she was featured on Rihanna’s song “Consideration”.
SZA’s debut studio album, Ctrl (2017), was released to universal acclaim from music critics. It became the second longest-charting R&B album by a woman in the history of the US Billboard 200, and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the album earned her four nominations, including Best New Artist. It was later placed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list (2020). In August 2017, she was featured on Maroon 5’s top-ten hit single “What Lovers Do”. The next year, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Original Song for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the top ten single “All the Stars” for the Black Panther soundtrack.
In 2020, she released the single “Good Days”; the following year saw the release of “I Hate U” and Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More”, which she was featured on; all three singles reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021, with the latter breaking the record for the longest-running all-female collaboration within the top ten, and earning her the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. SZA’s second album, SOS (2022), reached number-one on Billboard 200 chart, breaking the record for the biggest streaming week ever for an R&B album, and remained atop the chart for ten non-consecutive weeks. The album’s single “Kill Bill” became SZA’s first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200, while “Nobody Gets Me” peaked within the top ten.
SZA has received multiple accolades throughout her career, including an American Music Award, a Grammy Award, a Guild of Music Supervisors Award, and two awards from Billboard Women in Music (including Woman of the Year), in addition to nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Brit Award.
Parents and family
Solána Imani Rowe was born on November 8, 1989, in St. Louis, Missouri, and was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her father was an executive producer at CNN, while her mother was an executive at AT&T. Rowe has an older half-sister, Panya Jamila, and an older brother, Daniel, aka Manhattan, a rapper. Her mother is Christian and her father is Muslim. She was raised as a Muslim and continues to follow Islam.
It’s like the belief in one God, all the pillars of Islam et cetera, and I think those are ideas that will never leave me, those make sense in my spirit. It’s the way that I connect with God; it has always made sense to me. I think I would love to wear my hijab but I feel like I don’t wanna wear my hijab and talk crazy on stage and be in videos with Travis Scott. Like I don’t wanna be disrespectful because I have too much love and respect for the religion, for my father, and for myself.
She attended a Muslim prep school every day after her regular schooling. Due to the September 11 attacks, Rowe was subjected to bullying in 7th grade, leading her to stop wearing her hijab. Rowe attended Columbia High School, where she was active in sports, including gymnastics and cheerleading. After graduating from high school in 2008, Rowe later went to three separate colleges, finally settling at Delaware State University to study marine biology. She eventually dropped out in her last semester, immediately taking on random jobs in order to make money. Rowe formed her stage name from the Supreme Alphabet, taking influence from rapper RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. The last two letters in her name stand for Zig-Zag and Allah, while the first letter S can mean either savior or sovereign.
The singer has three siblings. She has an older half-sister and a brother named Daniel. Daniel is a rapper whose stage name is Manhattan.
The singer’s ethnicity is African-American. Her mother, Audrey, is Christian and her father, Abdul, is Muslim. She was raised as a Muslim and she follows the religion to date. Abdul was an executive producer at CNN, while Audrey was an executive at AT&T.
In mid-2022, Kehlani and SZA were rumoured to be dating. Neither of them addressed the allegations. Kehlani, also a singer-songwriter, came out as a gay woman not long ago. She was rumoured to be dating SZA after the two were seen in Lizzo’s Instagram stories. They have been friends for years.
In the past, SZA had a string of relationships, but none of them lasted long. She claimed that lacking self-love and confidence made her relationships to end prematurely. In one of her interviews, the singer confessed that she lost three of her ex-boyfriends to untimely deaths. In 2009, she was romantically linked to Drake, a Canadian rapper and singer.
The singer does not have kids yet. However, she has expressed the desire to have children soon, with or without a partner. She expressed that she does not have a necessity for a family unit as much as she really would love kids.
SZA is at the moment not yet married.
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