In advance of the telecast, whatever is left of MTV News sat down with SZA's labelmate, Kendrick Lamar—who himself received eight nods this year—to talk about SZA, her outstanding debut, Ctrl, and their work together on "Doves in the Wind."
"I watched her slave over and over, you know, to make a masterpiece," said Kendrick. "And not only represent her but women all over the world. This is a record where it touched so many demographics, not only just women [but] men. Something we all can feel, that can touch so many spaces and connect with so many people. There's not much more I can say. She's the one."
Real recognize real.
Yeah, sure, Kendrick Lamar and SZA are labelmates on TDE, but that doesn't mean Kendrick is required to bestow praise on SZA or her album. In fact, to date, Kendrick has never—on record, at least—labeled another TDE release a masterpiece.
Despite the long, drawn-out path SZA took to finally release Ctrl this past June, the 26-year-old isn't resting on her laurels. According to the artist herself, a sophomore album should be complete by January 2018.