H.E.R.

H.E.R.
H.E.R. in 2019
H.E.R. in 2019
Background information
Birth nameGabriella Sarmiento Wilson[1]
Born (1997-06-27) June 27, 1997 (age 23)
Vallejo, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteher-official.com

Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson[2][3] (born June 27, 1997),[4] better known professionally as H.E.R. (pronounced "her", an acronym for Having Everything Revealed), is an American singer and songwriter.

After initial music appearances and singles under her real name, Wilson re-emerged in 2016 with the H.E.R. persona, releasing her debut EP H.E.R. Volume 1. She then released subsequent EPs H.E.R. Volume 2 (2017), The B Sides (2017), I Used to Know Her: The Prelude (2018) and I Used to Know Her: Part 2 (2018). Her first compilation album H.E.R. was released in October 2017, consisting of tracks from the singer's first two EPs plus six additional songs. H.E.R. was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, winning Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.

In 2020, she was nominated for five awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her and Song of the Year for "Hard Place". On September 20, 2020, she sang Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U", for the In Memoriam segment of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. During the pre-game festivities for Super Bowl LV[5], she performed "America the Beautiful", singing and playing guitar.

Early life

Wilson was born in Vallejo, California[4] to a Filipina mother and an African American father. Raised in California's San Francisco Bay Area, she was introduced to the public as an artist as a young child, covering Alicia Keys on piano on the Today Show,[2] before competing on Radio Disney's The Next BIG Thing when she was 12 years old.[6] She also made an appearance on Maury in 2007.[7]

Addressing the secrecy over her identity, she has said: "The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project... I feel like oftentimes we don't like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio."[8]

She explained further: "I am a voice for women who feel like they're alone in these situations. This project came from emotion, and that's what I want it to be about – not what I look like or who I'm with, but the raw emotion and support for women."[9] To NPR she said, "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?'"[10]

Musical career

In 2014, Wilson signed a record deal with RCA Records and HBK Entertainment at the age of 14, later releasing her debut single titled "Something to Prove" under her real name.[11]

Re-emerging in late 2016 with a new persona, Wilson released her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1 on September 9, 2016, produced by songwriter David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris. She received support from Usher, Tyrese, Pusha T, and Wyclef Jean; labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped get the word out through Twitter co-signs, shoutouts, and re-posts.[12][13] In April 2017, Rihanna posted an Instagram clip with H.E.R.'s track "Focus" playing in the background. The clip has been viewed over 5 million times.[14] Additional public support came from Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner.

NPR listed H.E.R. Vol. 1 as the first selection in its "5 Essential R&B Albums You Slept On".[15] Calling the music "Slow-burning R&B that zooms in on emotional highs and lows," Rolling Stone included H.E.R. in its March 2017 "10 Artists You Need To Know" roundup.[16] Forbes named her one of "5 Alternative R&B Artists to Look Out for in 2017", reporting: "In the same vein as The Weeknd's enigmatic introduction to the world, H.E.R.'s image remains a mystery. The irony, though, is that her moniker is an acronym for Having Everything Revealed."[17]

Wilson's follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2 (2017) also produced by Harris, was released on June 16, 2017 and includes the single "Say It Again". Also in 2017, she was on tour with Bryson Tiller for the Set It Off tour, and concluded her first headlining tour, the Lights On Tour, in support of her most recent effort H.E.R. Vol. 2.[18] She released H.E.R. Vol. 2, The B Sides (2017), also produced by Swagg R'Celious on October 20, 2017 along with the single titled 2, released on October 13, 2017. The compilation album H.E.R. was released on October 20, 2017, comprising the songs from each of the three EP's in this series. The album won Best R&B Album and received four other nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist for H.E.R.[19]

Wilson announced on September 12, 2018, she will be embarking on the "I Used to Know H.E.R. Tour" in support of her EP series I Used to Know Her: The Prelude and I Used to Know Her: Part 2.[20][21] Her second compilation album I Used to Know Her was released on August 30, 2019.[22] She performed as one of the headliners of the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York on September 28.[23][24] On October 5, she participated in the 2019 edition of the Rock in Rio festival located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among the headliners were Drake, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Pink and Muse.[25] She sang "America, the Beautiful" at Super Bowl LV.

Musical style

Consisting mostly of contemporary R&B ballads, H.E.R's songs have been described as "downcast post-breakup material that sounded vulnerable and assured at once".[4]

Discography

Tours

Headlining tours

  • Lights on Tour (2017)[29]
  • I Used to Know Her Tour (2018)[30]

Supporting

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Soul Train Music Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated [34]
2018 BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist Nominated [35]
Best New Artist Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Nominated [36]
Song of the Year "Every Kind of Way" Nominated
Video of the Year "Avenue" Nominated
Album/Mixtape of the Year H.E.R. Won
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award "Focus" Nominated
"Best Part" (with Daniel Caesar) Nominated
Best Collaboration Performance Won
2019 Grammy Awards Album of the Year H.E.R. Nominated [37]
Best New Artist Herself Nominated
Best R&B Performance "Best Part" (with Daniel Caesar) Won
Best R&B Song "Focus" Nominated
Best R&B Album H.E.R. Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards R&B Artist of the Year Herself Nominated [38]
Best New R&B Artist Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top R&B Artist Nominated [39]
Top R&B Female Artist Nominated
Top R&B Album H.E.R. Nominated
BET Awards Best Female R&B Artist Herself Nominated [40]
Best Collaboration "Could've Been" (with Bryson Tiller) Nominated
BET Her Awards "Hard Place" Won [41]
MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated [42]
Push Artist of the Year Nominated
Best R&B "Could've Been" (with Bryson Tiller) Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Herself Won [43]
Album/Mixtape of the Year I Used to Know Her Nominated
2020 Grammy Awards Album of the Year I Used to Know Her Nominated
Record of the Year "Hard Place" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best R&B Performance "Could've Been" (with Bryson Tiller) Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards R&B Artist of the Year Herself Won [44]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Album I Used to Know Her Nominated [45]
Outstanding Female Artist Herself Nominated
Outstanding Song – Contemporary "Hard Place" Nominated
Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album Nominated
BET Awards Album of the Year I Used To Know Her Nominated [46]
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Herself Nominated
Best Collaboration "Slide" (with YG) Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best R&B Nominated [47]
Video For Good "I Can't Breathe" Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Video for Good Won [48]
Soul Train Music Awards Song of the Year "Slide" (with YG) Nominated [49]
Video of the Year Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter of the Year Award Nominated
Video of the Year "Slow Down" (with Skip Marley) Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter of the Year Award "I Can't Breathe" Won
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Herself Won
2021 Grammy Awards Song of the Year "I Can't Breathe" Pending [50]
Best R&B Song "Slow Down" (with Skip Marley) Pending
"Better Than I Imagine" (with Robert Glasper and Meshell Ndegeocello) Pending
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song in a Feature Film "Fight For You" Pending [51]
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song Pending [52]
Critics Choice Awards Best Song Pending [53]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Female Artist Herself Pending [54]
Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album "I Can't Breathe" Pending
Outstanding R&B/Soul Song Pending
"B.S." (with Jhene Aiko) Pending
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary) Pending

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