Fil-Ams Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Saweetie, Bruno Mars earn several Grammy nominations

2022 Grammy Award nominees Silk Sonic (featuring Fil-Am Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak), Oliva Rodrigo, and H.E.R.

THE 64th annual Grammy Awards are shaping up to be a prideful event for the Filipino American community as artists Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R, Saweetie, Bruno Mars and Elle King bagged several key nominations.

The nominees were announced on Tuesday, November 23, with Grammy Award-winning H.E.R. leading the Fil-Am pack with eight nods, followed by Rodrigo with seven.

H.E.R., who was born to a Filipina mother and an African American father, landed nominations in many of the top categories including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. She was also nominated for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.

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“8 NOMS??????????? ONLY GOD. Thank you to all the people that helped create these records!!!!! WOOOOOO 23 nominations at 24,” she wrote in an Instagram post after the announcement. This year’s breakout star, 18-year-old Rodrigo, became the first Filipina and second-youngest artist to receive nominations in all four top categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. She also picked up nominations for Best Pop Vocals Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video.

The Disney star took to Instagram to express her excitement over the announcement. “Woke up this morning to 7 Grammy nominations. When I was younger, my family lived a few blocks from the staples center, where the Grammys took place every year. I would always walk outside the arena and look at the plaques on the ground with all the winners names in wide eyed wonder,” wrote Rodrigo. “Many dreams have come true for me this year but this one is probably the most meaningful. thank you to everyone who has believed in me and supported the songs I write,” she added. “I’m beyond humbled. Truly a day I will never forget. So grateful.” Meanwhile, Saweetie earned two nods: Best New Artist and Best Rap Song for “Best Friend,” which features fellow Grammy nominee Doja Cat.

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“2X GRAMMY NOMINATED IKDR !!!!!” the Icy rapper said on Instagram. She added, “I’m speechless. I wish I had the words to express how I feel but I’m just so grateful!!!!!!! Being acknowledged for all the hard work me and my team have been doing feels AMAZINNNNNG.” Saweetie was born to an African American father and a Filipina-Chinese mother. She recently made her musical debut on “Saturday Night Live” by performing her brand new single “Icy Chain.”

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Silk Sonic, which comprises Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, garnered nominations for “Leave the Door Open” — Record of the Year, Song of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. Meanwhile, Elle King — who is of Filipino descent through her father Rob Schneider — is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance alongside Miranda Lambert for “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”

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The 2022 Grammys Awards show were moved to Sunday, April 3 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be aired on the CBS Television Network and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.

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