SZA had an incredible year in 2017 and the accolades are continuing to roll in.

Her debut studio album CTRL is a popular top 3 pick on many end of the year lists alongside her Top Dawg Entertainment label-mate Kendrick Lamar. The critically-acclaimed album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and led to five Grammy nominations for the 28-year-old singer.

Now, SZA has another achievement to add to her growing list of 2017 milestones: her first No. 1 single on the Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart. Rising from last week's No. 3 position, "The Weekend" unseated Khalid's "Young Dumb & Broke" for the top spot.

This marks the first No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart by a female singer since Rihanna's "Needed Me" owned the top position in October 2016, according to Billboard.

The surge to the top may have been helped in part due to a boost from SZA's performance of the song on Saturday Night Live on December 9, plus a recently-released video directed by Solange

Blown away by her success this year, SZA shared a long note on Instagram last month about how far she's come. She explained, "I remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix). I remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ). Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair (I was SICK lol)." You can read the full note below.

 

I️ remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I️ could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I️ remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ) . Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I️ was SICK 😩 lol ). I️ BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I️ thought no one would ever like me the way I️ was . He said “U don’t need em”. I️ remember crying cus I️ didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I️ remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I️ should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird . I️ Didn’t have any friends growing up. never gave my parents an opportunity to say “wow my kids killing it” didn’t graduate or do any fly shit before my nana died . been fired from every job I️ ever had ..I remember sobbing on the phone w punch pleading for the album not to come out cause I️ couldn’t take the embarrassment . Just wanted another week . Another day ?..he ignored me n said I’d be fine...This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I️ dunno what to say cause I️ dunno how to accept its even happening to me lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life even until this week (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!! . I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it. Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were. INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor. I️ can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear (specially the producers of the century @somethingnebula @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody 💜) . 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 I️ DONT UNDERSTAND . #Ctrl.. a concept . #mygrannynominatedfor5grammys #TDE

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