SZA’s manager Terrence “Punch” Henderson revealed he pulled her MTV VMAs performance because they snubbed her for Entertainer of the Year nominations, but some fans are calling it “sabotage.” “.
It’s been an epic year for the “Kill Bill” singer. In 2023, SZA dominated the success of her debut album CTRL with SOS Despite her record-breaking success and critically acclaimed success, the VMAs did not nominate SZA for Entertainer of the Year. Her manager says he refused to let her perform at the awards ceremony because the snub was “disrespectful.”
Clearly, she’s had one of, if not the best, years of any artist at this point. I don’t see why she wouldn’t be nominated for entertainer of the year. It really didn’t make any sense to me. It’s disrespectful,” he said. The Hollywood Reporter.
He thinks she deserves recognition among this year’s other nominees, Beyoncé, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, Karol G, Doja Cat and Taylor Swift. Even though Swifties probably still had their fan-voted awards in the bag, Punch demanded that they give her name some respect. And then he demanded answers.
Punch reached out to the network for answers, but “they couldn’t give a clear answer as to why she wasn’t (nominated).” It was just, “Well, she’s nominated for all these other (awards).”
“And they ended up saying, ‘OK, well, we could do another call’ because there were people on the call regarding the logistics of the show who had nothing to do with (the nominations). When we tried to set up the second call, they didn’t want to discuss Entertainer of the Year, which to me was really a slap in the face,” he continued.
but he is not wrong. they continue to give awards to this white woman while no one outside of her fandom knows her music and artists who actually have GP known music are still being snubbed https://t.co/HVW0TBGRu5
–Shane (@shxnep) September 15, 2023
The numbers don’t lie. After all, SOS spent 10 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. He broke the record for the longest time at the top of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop albums this century. SZA’s triple-platinum album has its fifth top 10 hit with “Snooze” currently at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
“Why wouldn’t she be nominated for entertainer of the year?” Even among the other artists nominated for Entertainer of the Year, some of them were even out of cycle. They hadn’t released an album. I mean, don’t disrespect them or anyone else; everyone is great and all that, but still, you can’t discredit what SOS did it and is doing it now,” Punch explained.
Find out where SZA stands on her withdrawal from the MTV VMAs and fans’ reactions after the flip.
President Punch says he ‘influenced’ SZA’s withdrawal from VMAs, but she ‘might feel differently’
Without MTV’s responses piling up as quickly as SZA’s plaques, the Top Dawg Entertainment co-president pulled out of the show. The singer also didn’t attend the show to accept her Best R&B award for “Shirt.”
“I said to myself: why go on stage and do that if she doesn’t want to be respected at the highest level? So it was my decision to withdraw from representation,” he continued.
Although the controversial call centers were about SZA, Punch says the singer wasn’t as attached to it. He’s willing to take the pressure because SZA is “a very gentle person, and she’s not into all the nonsense and the politics and the back-and-forth and all that.” So our feelings might be a little different.
” But finally. I thought it was disrespectful and I was very harsh about it and I influenced that. If there are problems or negative reactions and all that, I take it all. »
Says the man who didn’t want to turn off his music until it appeared on tik tok https://t.co/dohYE8pUIL pic.twitter.com/9FlPKfsb0d
– e (@emeeechi) September 15, 2023
Some fans applauded this move to defend SZA’s supremacy. Meanwhile, others called it “another failure” in a long line of mismanagement. In 2020, they criticized Punch for delaying their music. The following year, SZA did the same when “Good Days” fell from the Hot 100 after 20 weeks. “I really hate my label. So much,” she wrote.
SZA described Punch as more than her manager, comparing him to her stage father. This would explain why he seems to fight for SZA as much as he would fight with SZA. While some fans feel like Punch burned bridges for their favorite with MTV, they clearly make magic together.
Check out some more fan reactions below.
She was snubbed for this award, but she won other awards. This is blatant sabotage by the manager.
SZA certainly would have benefited from a strong performance since the VMAs had their best ratings in years. Just bad foresight. 😭 https://t.co/ii2w2Qr2OP
– 🐝Mel🐝 (@Tokyo_Gaming_) September 15, 2023
It’s crazy to me how many people are blaming her manager and not the same people who told Victoria Monet she wasn’t ready to perform at the VMAs. MTV really seems to know. https://t.co/L4FthBS8m0
– That_Jedi_Scum (@ThatJediScum) September 15, 2023
They didn’t let her perform because she wasn’t NOMINATED, not because she lost the award. It was definitely a big year for her and she was snubbed by not being nominated. but the call not to play should have been his, his team sucks too, popcrave is starting to phrase it correctly https://t.co/F7TPtgROlt
– Karla (@tserasrep) September 15, 2023
This is literally sabotage. I don’t know how or if SZA reacted but if I’m her I’ll call a meeting and go in like say https://t.co/Xp38QiDLbr pic.twitter.com/UwLNezWaZW
— ♛𝓒𝓪𝓶𝓕𝓛♛ (@CamCWFL) September 15, 2023
She needs to leave this label like Kendrick did. They always ruin his momentum https://t.co/JSfTcXaEad
– 💾 (@BoyTweetsWorld_) September 15, 2023
I have to break into TDE headquarters and burn this contract myself, mission impossible style. Enough is enough https://t.co/XTGbb1Pm4B
– skunty spice (@hoodnymph) September 15, 2023
You defend Punch and his choice as if he didn’t actively try to sabotage Sza and Every1 under his label please. This is the same man who wanted her to release her album AGAIN made her cry on the internet tf. He can go to h3ll https://t.co/Qsk862uv6Y
— 0$1€MO 🇰🇪 (@ch40sr1sing) September 15, 2023
What do you think about Punch pulling SZA’s MTV VMA performance despite an Artist of the Year nomination snobbery?