Filipinos, rejoice! The representation is alive and well for the upcoming 2022 Grammys as Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Saweetie and Silk Sonic have all been nominated in major categories for the highly-coveted Grammy award.
Olivia Rodrigo undoubtedly had the best year with the release of her debut album, “Sour,” which includes hit songs “Drivers License” and “good 4 u.” The 18-year-old made Grammy history as she is the first Filipina and second-youngest artist to be nominated in all of the top four categories: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year as well as nominations for Best Pop Vocals Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video.
Singer/Songwriter H.E.R. was also announced to land a whopping 8 nominations: Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. H.E.R. kicked off 2021 by taking home a Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” for her track, “I Can’t Breathe,” which delivers a message in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter Protests in the United States in 2020. She also won an Oscar for “Best Original Song” for “Fight For You” from the film Judas and the Black Messiah.
Rapper Saweetie, who has been very vocal about being a proud Filipina, has earned her first two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song for her collaboration song with Doja Cat titled, “Best Friend,” and also a nomination for Best New Artist. Just this past weekend, Saweetie made her “Saturday Night Live” debut and earlier in the month, performed an incredible stage at 88rising’s “Head In The Clouds” festival. She also made sure to pay homage to her roots when she wore a Christian Cowan gown to the MET gala, as her dress’ train donned crystals making up the Black American heritage flag on one side and the Filipino flag on the other.
Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, also known as Silk Sonic, nabbed four Grammy nominations for the 2022 award show including: Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. All of the nominations are for their hit song “Leave the Door Open.” The duo opened up the American Music Awards over the weekend with their song, “Smokin’ Out The Window” and won the award for “Favorite R&B Song” for “Leave the Door Open.”
The 64th Grammy Awards is set to take place in Los Angeles on January 31. Stay tuned!