Glastonbury headliner SZA, her real name, boyfriends and net worth

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Grammy award winning R&B start SZA is making her Glastonbury debut as she takes to the pyramid stage as the festival’s final headline act on Sunday night.

The Kill Bill singer joins the top of the bill alongside Coldplay and Dua Lipa. Shania Twain, Little Simz, Avril Lavigne, Disclosure, Janelle Monae, Cyndi Lauper and Burna Boy will all be performing throughout the day as the festival comes to a close.

SZA’s Glastonbury headline slot follows on from her Saturday night show at BST Hyde Park after which she posted on Instagram writing: “Thank you for vibing w me Hyde park. SEE YA TOMORROW GLASTONBURY!!!!”.

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But who is the American singer SZA? We have rounded up everything you need to know about the Glastonbury headline act from how her name is pronounced to her net worth and the big name artists that she has helped to write songs for.

Real name Solána Imani Rowe, SZA (pronounced ‘Sizza’), is a 34-year-old R&B singer-songwriter who has released two studio albums, three EPs, one live album, and 44 singles (11 of which as a featured artist).

Her stage name is inspired by rapper RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. The last two letters in her name stand for Zig-Zag and Allah (she grew up Muslim), while the S means saviour or sovereign.

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her father was an executive producer at CNN. Born to a Christian mother and Muslim father, She was raised as a Muslim and continues to follow Islam. SZA has cited musical artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and Ashanti as her influences growing up.

She first gained recognition through her self-released EPs See.SZA.Run (2012) and S (2013), which helped her become the first female artist to sign with Top Dawg Entertainment.

After signing a joint recording contract with RCA Records, SZA released her debut studio album, Ctrl (2017). It was met with critical and commercial success, earning four Grammy Award nominations and becoming the second longest-charting R&B album by a female artist on the Billboard 200.

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The following year, SZA was nominated for the Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Original Song via her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the US and UK top-ten single "All the Stars". Her featured appearance on Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More" broke the record for the longest-running all-female collaboration within the US top ten,and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

SZA's second album, SOS, released in 2022, spent ten weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and broke the record for the largest streaming week for an R&B album in the US. The record features some of her best known singles including Snooze and Kill Bill.

She has won several awards throughout her career, including four Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, an American Music Award, a Guild of Music Supervisors Award, and two Billboard Women in Music awards.

As a songwriter, she has co-written songs for Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Rihanna. In 2024, she was honoured with the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And the soul singer is proof that hard work does pay off. According to Celebrity Net Worth , the star’s estimated net worth is $6 million.

R&B singer SZA will be making her Glastonbury debut as the festivals final headliner on Sunday night -Credit:Ian West/PA

Outside of music, SZA opts to remain fairly quiet about her private and love life. However in an October 2023 interview with Rolling Stone, SZA spoke about an unnamed fashion designer that she was with for a total of 11 years, engaged for five of those years, adding that they became “unengaged” about five or six years ago. The fashion designer in question is thought to be Scott Sasso, who she met when she left high school.

It is also rumoured that she has dated fellow stars Kehlani and Drake. Although she never officially commented on the situation with Kehlani, she did speak out about the Drake rumours, which emerged after the line “Wait, ‘cause I used to date SZA back in ’08”, was featured in a song he released alongside 21 Savage. She commented on the lyrics, saying, “It was actually 2009 lol...I just didn’t want anybody thinking anything underage or creepy was happening. Completely innocent. Lifetimes ago.”

When her hit song Kill Bill was released, it became a joke rumour that famous science guy Bill Nye was the cheater who gets murdered in the story. The jokes took off with a viral tweet from December 2022 featuring pics of the two stars together. The singer shared a screenshot of the tweet with the words, “To hell .. yall gotta go to hell” along with a bunch of crying emojis.

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