2021 has been a great year so far for Filipinos all over the world. From Olivia Rodrigo with her heart-wrenching hit "Driver's License," A.C. Bonifacio's stint in Riverdale, KZ Tandingan singing the ~first-ever~ Disney song in Filipino, to Kelsey Merritt just becoming the newest face of Bulgari fragrances, more and more Pinoys are getting recognition for their amazing beauty and talent.
But guess what? Filipino-American singer-songwriter H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson) won Song of the Year at the 63rd Grammy Awards for "I Can't Breathe", and also made an entertaining tribute to her Pinoy roots!
In a TikTok upload, H.E.R. did a hilarious impersonation of her Tita Joanne's reaction to her Grammy win, featuring a thick Filipino accent.
"My Tita Joanne would say, 'Oh my God, I am so proud of you! You have Grammys, wow! Diamond? Is that diamond? Even if you do not win, you are still a winner. You are a winner! I like that song, that song you sing, 'I can't breathe...'"
"Shout out to my Filipinos. #pinoypride" H.E.R. captioned her post. Aww. We're sure her Tita Joanne is adorable!
While guesting on The Late Late Show With James Corden in 2019, H.E.R. shared just how big an influence her parents were on her music. She was born in Vallejo, California, to a Filipino mother and an African-American father, who is a musician. "I'm half-Filipino and Filipinos love karaoke," she said. "So yeah, I love to sing. I've always been around music my entire life and I just gravitated towards instruments."
H.E.R. has been nominated a total of 13 times and has won four Grammys so far. In 2018, she won the "Best R&B Performance" for her song “Best Part” with Daniel Caesar.