It took a village to get them there, but Doja Cat and SZA made it onstage at the 64th Grammy Awards on Sunday night to accept an award together.
The two won best pop duo/group performance for their hit single, “Kiss Me More.” But it wasn’t so simple for the two winners to make their way up to the stage.
After presenter Avril Lavigne announced the duo’s win, the CBS broadcast cut to SZA – who was on crutches due to an injury she said she sustained the day prior by falling out of bed – as she slowly made her way up the stage. She was n’t alone: Lady Gaga could be seen helping SZA carry the train of her dress from her.
But there was no sign of Doja Cat.
A few moments later, the singer was shown on camera rushing through the crowd, ushered by a member of her team, to make her way onstage as SZA teased her for running to the restroom just before their category was announced.
“Bro, you went to the bathroom for five minutes. Are you serious? Come on now,” SZA said.
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“Listen. I have never taken such a fast (pee) in my whole life. Thank you everybody,” Doja Cat said, out of breath, as the crowd cheered.
She continued, expressing gratitude to her family, team, fans and collaborator SZA: “You are everything to me,” Doja Cat said. “You are incredible. You are the epitome of talent. You’re a lyricist, you’re everything.”
SZA, in turn thanked Doja Cat, her mother and God. “I’m glad you made back in time,” she added to Doja Cat as the two embraced.
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Though it began with a humorous moment, the acceptance speech was an emotional time for Doja Cat. The “Planet Her” artist appeared to share last week in since-deleted tweets that she is considering quitting the music industry after clashing with fans on social media .
“This is a big deal,” Doja Cat said onstage through tears. “Thank you everybody. Be safe, take care.”
After accepting the award backstage, SZA explained to reporters why she was on crutches for the evening.
“It’s very funny, because I fell out of bed right before it was time to leave and get ready for this, like the day before,” she said, gripping crutches in one hand and her Grammy in the other. “But that’s the way it goes. Everything awesome in my life has always come with something very random, but it just adds to the energy.”
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That wasn’t the end of celebrities lending her a helping hand. After the show, SZA was seen being pushed in a wheelchair by none other than fellow Grammys nominee Lil Nas X.
“i am now sza’s personal care taker,” he joked on Twitter.
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Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.