Cover LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Olivia Rodrigo accepts the Best Pop Vocal Album award for ‘Sour’ onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Filipino-American artists Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Bruno Mars, and Elle King have taken over the biggest music event of the year. Read on to know the titles they bagged

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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Olivia Rodrigo

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:

H.E.R.

H.E.R., who her closest peers and loved ones call 'Gabriella Sarmiento,' has always been proud of her African-Filipino roots. In one interview, she was quoted saying how the fusion of two cultures made her the person she is today. “Filipino-Americans love R&B like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. We love hip-hop and we love a really powerful ballad. There’s always music happening,” she said. “I should be careful here, but Filipinos are kind of like the black people of Asia. I love all our commonalities. When my mum married a black man, our cultures meshed.”

On the night of the 2022 Grammys, the star did not disappoint; she was able to take home the Best Traditional R&B Performance for Fight for You, a song released as the lead single of the Judas and the Black Messiah. Aside from her win, the 24-year-old was also nominated for seven other categories including:

  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
  • Best R&B Song
  • Best R&B Performance
  • Best R&B Album
  • Best Song Written For Visual Media

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Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak)

Everytime Filipino-American Hawaii native Bruno Mars decides to come out with a song, you bet your local radio stations will pick it up and spread it like a wildfire. That's exactly what happened when he, together with Silk Sonic bandmate Anderson Paak released Leave the Door Open.

The duo were able to pick up all four of the awards they were nominated at the ceremony—Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best R&B Song— all for their latest single. 

Watch their acceptance speech here: 

Elle King

Elle King, who is of Filipino descent through her father Rob Schneider, was nominated for Best Country Duo/ Group Performance for Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home) with American country music singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert.

Although the star was not able to take home the award, she definitely made quite an impact on the red carpet with her vibrant, crimson coloured suit and matching hat.

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Saweetie

Saweetie, whose birth name is Diamonté Harper, also has Filipino blood. She was nominated for two awards including Best New Artist and Best Rap Song for her Best Friend collaboration with renowned singer and rapper Doja Cat.

The 28-year-old artist, in an interview, reflected on the success she has had in recent months. "I was sleeping, so when I woke up, I received the news and I was just so shocked because it's the Grammys. It's my first nomination, so I'm just honoured to be a part of the conversation." 

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