Last night was one to remember for H.E.R. as she took home the ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2021 Grammy Awards for the track ‘I Can’t Breathe’.
H.E.R. — AKA Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson — had to beat tough opposition to win the award, with the category boasting entries from the likes of Beyonce and Taylor Swift. The famed duo were nominated for ‘Black Parade’ and ‘Cardigan’ respectively. The other nominations were ‘The Box’ by Roddy Ricch, ‘Circles’ by Post Malone, Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’, ‘Everything I Wanted’ by Billie Eilish and Julia Michaels’ ‘If the World Was Ending’.
“We are the change we wish to see,” said Wilson, following the win. “That fight that we had in us the summer of 2020, keep that same energy.”
Wilson then spoke further in the press room following the win, adding: “It really means the world because when we wrote the song it came from a conversation and we honestly were coming from the perspective of our own personal feelings and then it turned into being part of the movement and being part of history.
“I think this song is going to be a stamp in time and people are going to think of this song when they think of George Floyd, when they think of Breonna Taylor, when they think of all these people that we’re still fighting for.”
Wilson also touched on the importance of seeing representation at the Grammys, noting: “I want to see all different types of people, all different shades of Black people, all different Asian communities, I want to see all different kinds of inclusivity,” the singer stated. “I want people to not just say they support Black people and support the Black community but really [hire] Black people, really give Black people those opportunities.
“We kind of have this narrative that needs to be changed on what it means to be Black and Black culture; and putting more positive images out there, and just people lifting us up and understanding when you’re contributing to the problem and not just saying ‘I’m not part of the problem,’ it’s more than that.”
See the full speech, below.