The recently-concluded 64th annual Grammy Awards was a bit more special; the ceremonious night, which assembled the biggest stars in the music industry, acknowledged not only one but five artists who swear they are proud to be Filipinos.
Filipino-American musicians Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Bruno Mars, Saweetie, and Elle King were nominated for various categories and most of them won. Read more about their awards below:
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Nineteen-year-old Olivia Rodrigo has received seven nominations this year thanks to her upbeat and heart-wrenching album Sour. The rising pop star bagged Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance (for Driver’s License), and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Aside from her wins, the young musician was also nominated for the following categories:
- Best Music Video
- Song of the Year
- Record of the Year
- Album of the Year
The artist dedicated her acceptance speech 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 mum 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. This is for you guys and because of your guys, thank you.”
Rodrigo, who was born to a Filipino-American Father and a mother with German and Irish ancestry, said that she was raised with Filipino traditions and food.
Watch her acceptance speech below: