SZA Crushes Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Eminem for Best SNL Performance of 2017

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Solána Imani Rowe, aka SZA, delivered a smashing SNL performance over the weekend.  It may be the best one this year.

The wind section needed a little work.  But the choir was smashing — and so was Solána Imani Rowe, aka SZA.  The year’s hottest r&b singer not only crushed her Saturday Night Live debut, she outperformed established superstars in the process.  That includes earlier performances by the likes of Sam Smith, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, U2, and Miley Cyrus.

The five-time Grammy-nominated SZA performed two tracks from her critically-acclaimed album, CTRL.  The set started with an emotional ‘Weekend,’ and continued with a belting of ‘Love Galore’ (sans Travis Scott).

Throughout, SZA threw the kitchen sink at this one, flooring the studio audience with a stacked musical backdrop.  Both songs were enough to wow audiences, and massively expand the singer’s audience over the weekend.

Here’s SZA’s performance of ‘Weekend’.

And after that engaging performance, audiences were treated to this gem.

Almost immediately after those performances, ‘SZA’ became a top-trending keyword on Google.  Indeed, millions of new fans are now checking out this brand-new singer over the weekend.  It’s basically lighter fluid on a bonfire, and part of a unbelievable year for the r&b singer.

Turns out good ol’ broadcast television can deliver a big thud.  But the momentum on this artist has been surging all year.  Earlier, the singer was floored with five different Grammy nominations.  That includes ‘Best New Artist,’ along with Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

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Next up?  On Monday, SZA takes the stage at a sold-out Irving Plaza in New York.  That’s just a few miles from her hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey — but light years away from where this singer got started.

3 Responses

  1. Eilo

    SZA was a smashing performance. That was the most dismal sounding noise I’ve ever witnessed on SNL. Praise be for FFW>>>>

  2. Gman

    How was this better than U2? There was nothing wrong with the wind section? I hope you got paid well for your piece. Gotta make that paper.

  3. Blobbo

    This was a boring performance. Modern SIZZLA Mariah Carey ripoff isn’t even as technically good as Mariah C, and delivers another wandering song from generation no-melody. But the atmospherics and backup orchestra were just so…..nice.