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SZA is the second black woman to be honoured the Hal David Starlight Award by Songwriters Hall of Fame

17 April 2024, 14:12 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

SZA will be honoured the Hal David Starlight Award at the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction.

SZA will become the second Black woman to receive the honour, following Alicia Keys in 2005. The award is given to “gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry with their original songs".

“This is such an exciting time for songwriters and music,” said Nile Rodgers, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a statement. “Phenomenal artists like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are pushing the envelope of what success looks like, but who could argue that the last two years belong to SZA. Incredible songwriting, incredible performances, incredible artistry. She so deserves to be the 2024 recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award!”

Earlier this year, SZA was the most nominated artist at the 66th annual Grammy Awards, with nine nominations. SZA walked away with three awards – Best Progressive R&B Album for SOS, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers, "Ghost In The Machine", and Best R&B Song for "Snooze". She was also nominated for Album of the Year, although she lost to Taylor Swift, who Billboard reports as the 2010 recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction takes place on 13 June in New York City. SZA is set to headline BST Hyde Park on 29 June. For more information, visit

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