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