One of the most prestigious awards given out by the Recording Academy at the Grammys is Song Of The Year. This year, they awarded HER the coveted Grammy for her outstanding protest song “I Can’t Breathe.”
HER’s “I Can’t Breathe” was the official Grammy winner for Song Of The Year, but she was up against some tough competition. Beyonce was nominated for “Black Parade,” Roddy Ricch was nominated for “The Box,” Taylor Swift was nominated for “Cardigan,” Post Malone was nominated for “Circles,” Dua Lipa was nominated for “Don’t Start Now,” Billie Eilish was nominated for “Everything I Wanted,” and JP Saxe and Julia Michaels were nominated for “If The World Was Ending.”
Last June, HER released the single “I Can’t Breathe” during the Black Lives Matter protests. HER claimed at the time that she wanted to monitor in order to encourage equality and peace:
“I really want to recognize all of the people across various communities that are promoting justice and equality and peace and passion. We need that unity right now, so this first song is called ‘I Can’t Breathe.’ Just by the title, you know that it means something very painful and very revealing, and I think it’s necessary. These lyrics were kind of easy to write because it came from a conversation of what’s happening right now, what’s been happening, and the change that we need to see. I think music is powerful when it comes to change and when it comes to healing, and that’s why I wrote this song, to make a mark in history. And I hope this song does that.”
Of course, Billie Eilish won the Grammy for Song Of The Year last year for her song “Bad Guy.” The song debuted at No. 1 shortly after its release, dethroning Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which had held the top spot for a record-breaking 19 weeks.