R&B star H.E.R had an Oscar triumph last night!
Her collaboration with Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas “Fight For You” that featured in the film Judas and the Black Messiah won Best Original Song at the 93d Academy Awards.
The other nominees for the category included songs like “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7, “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, “La Vita Davanti a Se” from The Life Ahead and “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami.
H.E.R. shared her excitement in her acceptance speech: “I am so, so, so grateful, not only to win but to be a part of such an important, important story. Thank you to the Academy — I’ve always wanted to say that! I have to thank God for giving us these gifts. And my parents, my beautiful mother who’s here with me today and my father at home, all those days of listening to Sly & the Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye really paid off, so thank you dad“.
Most importantly, the singer called on her fellow colleagues to express the truth and the reality through their art: “Musicians, filmmakers, I believe we have an opportunity and a responsibility, to tell the truth, and to write history the way that it was, and how it connects us to today, and what we see going on in the world today. I have no words, I’m so, so thankful“.
H.E.R. ended her speech with the powerful message: “Knowledge is power, music is power and as long as I’m standing I’m always going to fight for us, I’m always going to fight for my people and fight for what’s right and I think that’s what music does and that’s what storytelling does“.
The same night Judas And the Black Messiah won in the category Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya who played Fred Hampton.
If you haven’t watched the film yet we highly recommend you to dive into this piece of art and enjoy its Oscar winning soundtrack “Fight For You”!