#PinoyPride: Artists of Filipino Descent Won Big at the 2022 Grammys
Apr 4, 2022   •   Meryl Medel
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Apr 4, 2022   •   Meryl Medel
Music’s biggest night just finished, and Filipinos definitely won big! Several artists of Filipino descent have been nominated for different categories at the 2022 Grammys, and most of them won! Here are the artists of Filipino descent who were nominated and awarded during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards:
Olivia Rodrigo won Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Driver’s License”, and Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut album Sour. Aside from her wins, she was nominated for these other categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Music Video. The 2022 Grammys is her first ever, and Olivia already had seven nominations in total, including all four major categories.
In her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Album, Olivia dedicated the award to her parents: “When I was nine years old, I told my mom I wanted to be a gymnast even though I could barely do a cartwheel. She thought I was joking, but I was super defensive. So the next week when I told her I was going to win a Grammy, she was very supportive even though she probably thought it was just a little kid pipe dream. But I want to thank my mom for being supportive of my dreams no matter how crazy. And I want to thank my mom and dad for being equally as proud of me for winning a Grammy as they were when I learned how to do a back walkover.”
Olivia was born to a Filipino-American father and a mother with German and Irish ancestry. She said that she has grown up with Filipino traditions and Filipino food with the help of her father’s side of the family.
Bruno Mars, as part of the band Silk Sonic, won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Performance for “Leave the Door Open.”
Bruno Mars is not a new face in the awards show, having 11 Grammys under his belt. Born Peter Gene Hernandez, he was raised in Hawaii by his father of Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish descent and his Filipino mother.
H.E.R. won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Fight for You”, a song released as the lead single of the Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album for the 2021 film of the same name. Aside from her win, H.E.R. was also nominated for seven other categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, and Best Song Written For Visual Media.
Aside from her win at the 2022 Grammys, H.E.R. already has four awards under her belt: Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album in 2019 and Song Of The Year for “I Can’t Breathe” and Best R&B Song for “Better Than I Imagined” in 2021.
The Filipino-American artist was born as Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson to an African American father and a Filipino-American mother. H.E.R. has been openly proud of her heritage, saying that she keeps herself connected to her roots through food and family. The singer has always been thankful for the support her family has shown her. “Filipinos are so family-oriented! My family has always supported me,” she said in an interview with CNN Philippines. “They’ll be in the house, pull up the karaoke and be like, come on, sing ‘Maging Sino Ka Man.’ They always pushed me to hone my talents and gifts.”
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Saweetie was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rap Song.
Born Diamonté Harper, the rapper has Filipino blood from her mother, explaining to NPR: “I come from two big families: My Filipino Chinese side and then my Black side. Lots of aunties and uncles, lots of cousins.” Saweetie claims she’s picky with food, but like every Filipino, the rapper loves food, which she told Thrillist inherits from her mother.
Saweetie has consistently been proud of her heritage, explaining that she wants to represent people, especially kids, like her. “The reason why I share both sides is because I know there are Asian kids at home, Black kids at home, and it’s dope to represent where you’re from — because if I can do it, I know they’ll feel like they can do it,” she told Grammy.com. “I try to share as much as my background as possible, so that kids who need inspiration can identify with me — and so they know that if Saweetie can do it, they can too.”
Elle King was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert. She also had three other nominations in 2016 and 2017.
The singer is of Filipino descent through her father Rob Schneider, a former Saturday Night Live cast member. She visited the Philippines in 2016 to perform at the music festival In The Mix.
— Variety (@Variety) April 4, 2022
While this isn’t a Grammy, everyone’s in agreement that Olivia Rodrigo won big after that mini skit with BTS’ V. Right before the global superstar group took the stage to perform “Butter”, V sat next to Olivia, whispering something in her ear before drawing a card behind her back. V threw the card at Jung Kook, which signalled the start of their performance on stage.
Olivia got to ~flirt~ with one of the most handsome man in the world even if it’s only through a skit, and everyone agrees that’s a win.
ARMYs all over the world had a mix of reactions from exclaiming in fake outrage to hilariously wishing to be Olivia at that exact moment, but Filipinos perhaps have the best reactions that we’ve seen so far.
— ًً KIYAH⁷ (@sft_pjm) April 4, 2022
What did V actually whisper??? Olivia, please share with the class.
Taehyung and Olivia But you remermber Olivia
is half blooded Filipina pic.twitter.com/Y767wXCSx8
— Sis Joon⁷ 🍵 | 🌿♡ | (@SisJoonie) April 4, 2022
Proxy flirting with V through Filipino heritage? Thanks, Olivia!
Literally ARMY right now:] pic.twitter.com/WEMDwuNK8S
— ✿ミ e l i ⁷ ♡︎ | 📚 | jimin ost | 🗳️ 🧈 (@13TSpurple) April 4, 2022
We are all H.E.R. at this moment.
can’t believe i had to watch kim taehyung talk to a filipina who wasn’t me but that’s ok
— serial experiments lenika (@lenikacruz) April 4, 2022
That’s ok because it’s Olivia Rodrigo.
— ShakariSBriggs (@ShakariSBriggs) April 4, 2022
What’s your favorite moment from the 2022 Grammys?
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