Filipino-American music acts vie for Grammy honors

Published November 29, 2021, 3:07 PM

by Punch Liwanag

The 2022 Grammys has the most pop music acts with Filipino roots.

In case you missed it, the upcoming Grammy’s in January 2022 is boasting the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Bruno Mars (as part of the Silk Sonic duo) and Saweetie.

Besides being aces with their respective music, all mentioned have Pinoy roots.

Variety magazine wrote that “Olivia Rodrigo made Grammy history when she became the first Filipina and second-youngest artist to be nominated in all four top categories.”

H.E.R. (real name Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson), already a Grammy winner, likewise grabbed eight nominations for the upcoming music awards show.

Saweetie (real name Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper), a rapper and a platinum-selling music artist, got two nominations including Best New Artist. The 28-year-old artist has a Filipina-Chinese mother and an African-American father.

Peter Gene Hernandez, a.k.a. Bruno Mars, (as part of Silk Sonic with the excellent Anderson .Paak) is aiming for the Record of The Year honors with “Leave The Door Open.” Silk Sonic is also in the running for Best R&B Song for “Leave The Door Open.”

Olivia Rodrigo is riding on the strength of smash hit “Driver’s License.” That and the songs off her debut album “Sour.” Rodrigo is in the running for Album OTY, Record OTY, Song OTY and Best New Artist. Olivia Rodrigo is also in the running for Best Music Video for “Good 4 U.”

H.E.R. got a nod for her album “Back Of My Mind” which is in the running for Album Of The Year (as well as Best R&B Album), Best R&B Performance for her song “Damage”, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Fight For You,” and Best Pop Vocal for “Sour.” Olivia Rodrigo matched Billie Eilish’s six-nomination feat back in 2019.

H.E.R. who won a Grammy for Song Of The Year for “I Can’t Breathe” earlier this year and later an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Fight For You” (for Judas and The Black Messiah) said in an interview with Variety about winning those major awards, “It means that there’s another Filipino girl out there and Black girl out there who says ‘I can do that too.”

The 64th Grammy Awards is scheduled live at the Arena (formerly Staples Center) in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS and is also available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.