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Filipino-American R&B singer H.E.R. bagged two categories at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday. The 21-year-old singer, who was nominated for five awards, won Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for her song “Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar.
H.E.R.’s nominations included Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best R&B Song, the Manila Bulletin reported.
“I really want to say thank you to God, first and foremost, and my parents, who are in the building right now, and my sister. Mom, dad, this is for all the sacrifices that you made for me and thank you for embracing my talents and who I am since I was a little girl,” H.E.R. said in her acceptance speech.
H.E.R., whose real name is Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, was born to a Filipino mother and an African-American father who is also a musician. The singer said in a previous interview that her love for music stemmed from growing up around her father’s music and Filipinos’ love for karaoke.
“I’m half Filipino and Filipinos love karaoke. I love to sing, I’ve always been around music my entire life and I just gravitated towards instruments,” she said.