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Filipino-American R&B Phenomenon H.E.R. Nominated For 5 Grammys

This is her 10th nomination in two years.
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Filipino-American recording artist H.E.R. just scored five Grammy nominations for the second year running. The R&B phenomenon is nominated for the following awards:

Record of the Year: “Hard Place”
With Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, producer; Joseph Hurtado, Jaycen Joshua, Derek Keota & Miki Tsutsumi, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

Album of the Year: I Used To Know Her 
David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris, H.E.R., Walter Jones & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Sam Ashworth, Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman, David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris & H.E.R., songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer

Song of the Year: “Hard Place”
Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)

Best R&B Performance: “Could’ve Been”
Featuring Bryson Tiller

Best R&B Song: “Could’ve Been”
Dernst Emile II, David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris, H.E.R. & Hue “Soundzfire” Strother, songwriters (H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller)

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Her reaction to the news was pretty on point:

In 2019 during the 61st Grammy Awards, H.E.R. was nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, and Best R&B Performance. She went home with the awards for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.

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"I did not think the second time I would be nominated for five," the 22-year-old said to Billboard after the Grammys released the much-awaited list. "That makes it 10 nominations in two years, which is kind of unheard of. I feel really special and grateful."

This year, her five nominations include three of the Big Four awards in the Grammys: Record, Album, and Song of the Year.

The singer-songwriter has been taking over radio waves and Spotify playlists since she came out with her hits “Hard Place,” “Best Part,” and “Every Kind of Way.” Born to a Filipina mother and African-American father, the soulful Californian crooner’s real name is Gabriella Wilson. Wilson took on the stage name “H.E.R.” in an effort to direct the fans’ and media’s attention to her music instead of her celebrity status.

Despite the relatable vulnerability of her music, fans of H.E.R. have noticed that the artist rarely reveals her face, regularly donning large sunglasses to maintain the mystery of the real artist underneath. H.E.R. is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed.

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"I feel like this is the era of the anti-star. I really just wanted it to be about the music, and get away from, 'Who is she with?' and 'What is she wearing?'” said H.E.R. to NPR.

The 62nd Grammy Awards will take place in January 2020.

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