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H.E.R. Dedicates Billboard Women In Music Award To Pinay Mom: 'She Always Believed In Me'
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  • Winning a prestigious music award, H.E.R. recently took to the international stage to honor her Filipina mom, who she said is among the most important people behind her success in the music industry.

    Just last March 2, 2022, H.E.R. was among the honorees at Billboard's 2022 Women In Music, where she received the American Express Impact Award.

    According to Billboard, the award is one of its 'top honors' and chose H.E.R. to receive it "because she always uses her music and platform to create positive social change, advocating on behalf of women in and beyond the music industry."

    H.E.R. dedicates music win to Pinay mom

    In her acceptance speech, the R&B singer celebrated having such an event where women are being celebrated for their talent in music.

    H.E.R., 24, also did not forget to recognize her mom's part in her success. In doing so, H.E.R. also spoke about how far women have come in breaking biases and challenging the norm.

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    Filipina-American singer H.E.R. accepted her award at Billboard's 2022 Women In Music.
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    "Most importantly, shout out to my Filipino mother who's in the house tonight... I'm just so proud of the women in this room, the women in general that are doing their thing and showing us that a woman is not just one thing," she said.

    "That we (women) come in all different shapes and sizes and voices, and we all have something to say, and I appreciate you guys for fighting through all the pressures that are out there for us.

    "In dressing how to be a woman, how to use your voice, and 'you can't say this' and 'dress like this' thank you for fighting through those things and being authentic to you...because it helps women like me and young girls that look up to us," she adds.

    She then turned to put the spotlight on her mom, Agnes Wilson. "I really wanna thank my mom for always teaching me to stay humble and grounded and to be hardworking," H.E.R. tells about Agnes.

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    The singer also recalled how supportive her mom was to her dreams of becoming a singer.

    "She always believed in me from day one. She was pregnant with my sister rolling my heavy equipment to every performance she could possibly get me."

    The singer further noted that the support she got from her mom "is the reason why I'm standing here today."

    Addressing her mom, H.E.R. said, "The work that you do and that you have done to me, mom...You are impacting so many people, you have no idea, through me."

    "In giving me a voice, I'm now using my voice to give others a voice. And to pave the way for other young women."

    Filipino-American singer H.E.R. already has four Grammy wins, including the most coveted Grammy Award Song of The Year she received in 2021 for her song 'I Can't Breathe.'

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    H.E.R. on her Filipino roots

    H.E.R., born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, was born and raised in the United States. Her father is African-American, and she has also been proud of her roots as a Black woman.

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    In her previous interview with CNN Philippines, she talked about how having a Pinay mom honed her talent in singing.

    "Filipinos are so family-oriented! My family has always supported me. 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," H.E.R. told CNN Philippines.

    She also mentioned the Filipino value of maintaining close ties even with extended family members.

    "I grew up with my grandparents in the house. And one good thing about having a Filipino grandmother is that most immigrants would take care of their parents. I had my uncle, my mother's brother, living in the house. It's always a full house all the time!," she shared.

    Watch H.E.R.'s acceptance speech below:

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