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Filipinos will be proudly represented at the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs)! Pinay singers Maymay Entrata and H.E.R. snagged two well-deserved nominations at the MTV EMAs. 

Maymay Entrata is nominated for the Best Asia Act award, where she will go head-to-head against Japan’s THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE, South Korea’s TOMORROW x TOGETHER, Indonesia’s NIKI, and Thailand’s SILVY. You can vote for the “Amakabogera” singer here!

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H.E.R. also received a nomination for Best R&B act, where she will go head-to-head against Chlöe, Giveon, Khalid, Summer Walker, and SZA. You can vote for the future Disney princess here!

Best of luck to Maymay Entrata & H.E.R.! You can view the full list of 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) nominations here.

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Grammy-award winner H.E.R. can now add Disney princess to her resume. The Filipino-American singer/songwriter has been cast as Belle in ABC's upcoming ‘Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration’ special celebrating the iconic film’s 30th anniversary! Airing on December 15th, the hybrid program will feature live-action musical performances mixed with scenes from the animated film.

“I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle!” said H.E.R. in an official press release. “I have always wanted to be a Disney princess, and I get to work with two wonderful directors Hamish Hamilton and my favorite, Jon M. Chu. It is very surreal and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

“With her obvious extraordinary talent and stage presence, H.E.R. is the perfect embodiment of our Belle and we are thrilled for audiences to see her in this celebration of creativity,” added Chu. “We were both influenced as storytellers by the original animated movie, so it's very exciting to collaborate together to honor the artistry of that timeless classic while also inspiring a whole new generation of creators.”

Stay tuned for more news on H.E.R. and the upcoming special!

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Filipino representation was at an all-time high at this year’s 2022 GRAMMYs. The year’s biggest night in music featured Filipinos nominatinated in all major categories and featured three official winners. H.E.R. won for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Fight For You.”

Bruno Mars of Silk Sonic swept with Record of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Song of the Year.

Hawaiian-Filipino musician, Kalani Pe'a won his third Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for his album, Kau Ka Peʻa and gave a touching acceptance speech paying tribute to his Hawaiian roots.

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To round things off Olivia Rodrigo took home three GRAMMYS for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, & Best Pop Solo Performance. In addition to Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., and Bruno Mars dominating their categories, GRAMMY nominee Saweetie dominated the red carpet. The Filipino-American femcee served two looks during the event.

While Olivia Rodrigo may have taken home three GRAMMYs and shut down the award show with her performance, she had two viral moments from the night that set social media ablaze. First, her moment with BTS member V as part of the supergroup's intro to their standing ovation performance. Additionally, the teen pop sensation drew inspiration from Adele and Taylor Swift by dropping and breaking one of her Grammys on the red carpet.

The trio of Filipino talents also performed at the award ceremony. Bruno Mars opened the show with Anderson .Paak as Silk Sonic, lighting up the stage and setting the energy for the night.

Olivia took to the stage and brought in all the emotions to perform her hit "Drivers License."

Lastly, H.E.R. gave us an electrifying and epic performance taking the stage alongside the legendary Lenny Kravitz and Travis Barker.

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Also in attendance, straight off their Pre-Awards, MYX Tape performance at the 24 Oxford at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas, the Friday before the ceremony, were Ruby Ibarra and Kiana V.

The duo shared details of their outfits for the evening, which included custom outfits made by all Filipino designers:

Visual Artist, Keavan Yazdani also represented at the ceremony and was nominated for two awards for his work on Justin Bieber's mega-hit "Peaches."

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Elle King also showed out and matched the red carpet in her monochromatic look. She was nominated alongside Miranda Lambert for “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

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We’re proud of all of the Filipino representation at the GRAMMYs this year and what this means for the past Filipino acts who paved the way, the current Filipino acts in entertainment, and most importantly the future Filipino artists who will be inspired by this night at home. Check out the full list of winners at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards below.

Record of the Year

Album of the Year

Song of the Year

Best New Artist

Best Pop Solo Performance

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Best Rock Performance

Best Rock Song

Best Metal Performance

Best Rock Album

Best Alternative Music Album

Best R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best R&B Album

Best Rap Performance

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Best Country Album

Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Progressive R&B Album

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best New Age Album

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Roots Gospel Album

Best Latin Pop Album

Best Música Urbana Album

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Best Tropical Latin Album

Best American Roots Performance

Best American Roots Song

Best Americana Album

Best Bluegrass Album

Best Traditional Blues Album

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Best Folk Album

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Best Reggae Album

Best Global Music Album

Best Global Music Performance

Best Children's Album

Best Spoken Word Album

Best Comedy Album

Best Musical Theater Album

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Best Instrumental Composition

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Best Recording Package

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Best Album Notes

Best Historical Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Best Remixed Recording

Best Immersive Audio Album

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer of the Year, Classical

Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording

Best Choral Performance

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Best Classical Compendium

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Best Music Video

Best Music Film

As Women's History Month officially kicks off, Billboard helps set the tone by recognizing some of the most influential and hardworking Women in the music industry. Oliva RodrigoSaweetie, and H.E.R. were all recognized at the event, and some shared their special moments with their Mothers.

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Saweetie was honored with the "Game Changer" award during the ceremony. Her beautiful and proud mother, Trinidad Valentin helped share this special moment with Saweetie by presenting her with the award. Saweetie also took to the Red Carpet and talked to Billboard's Chelsea Briggs about her highly anticipated debut album coming out this Summer and the documentary being shot around it.

H.E.R. took to the stage to perform "Fate" and received the American Express Impact Award. She honored her mother during her acceptance speech, whose impact helped her become the woman she is today. H.E.R. expressed that by her mother giving her a voice while she was growing up, she can now use that voice to help impact others.

Olivia Rodrigo performed her massive hit "Deja Vu" and was honored with the "Woman of the Year" award. Sheryl Crow presented Olivia with her award, and during her speech, Olivia made sure to give some inspiring words to all the young women who aspire to work in the industry. She also spoke with Extra TV on the carpet about how she was feeling that evening and what her favorite moment of the year has been so far.


This week's MYX News Hot List, new episodes weekly at www.myx.global/myxnews.

1. MYX MUSIC: Choose Maris Racal's New Hit - Maris Racal is back with her new track "Pumila Ka" featuring singer-songwriter and rapper raven, with production by Rico Blanco.

2. MYX MUSIC: Chronicles of Cordae, H.E.R, Lol Dork - Cordae's warm R&B track, "Chronicles" featuring H.E.R and Lil Durk is now available on streaming platforms!

3. MYX CULTURE: Representation Matters on "Craig of The Creek" - Filipino representation on mainstream entertainment and media has stuck again on Cartoon Network's "Craig of the Creek" with Fil-Am girl Eileen and her Lola.

4. MYX MUSIC: SB19 Breaks Billboard Record - SB19 continues to break barriers and make noise for P-pop and Filipinos by hitting the top spot of "Hot Trending Songs" for the seventh week! The latest chart debuted in October 2021 with BTS' "Butter".

5. MYX SPORTS: And New! Magsayo Wins World Title - The Pride of Bohol Mark Magsayo is the latest Filipino fighter that captures a world title!

Straight from the new Golden Instagram and Twitter bios, Netflix says, It's time to start "Celebrating the Asian diaspora on Netflix." The streaming giant has officially launched a new audience-focused vertical to their social channels celebrating the beauty and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Golden joins Netflix's other widely popular audience-focused verticals such as Strong Black Lead, Netflix Film, Con Todo, Geeked, Netflix Is a Joke, and Most. Strong Black Lead posted a clip of H.E.R. in support of Golden, welcoming the vertical to Instagram.

With this added push in API representation from one of the biggest streaming platforms worldwide, we are excited to see the shows and opportunities that come with this new vertical. Who's ready to see a majority Filipino cast and Crew project trending in the top shows or movies section on Netflix Worldwide? We definitely are!

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Kodi Lee is back on the America's Got Talent Stage and this time with the amazing H.E.R. The two performed "Hold On" with Kodi on the keys and H.E.R center stage with a guitar. If you thought the song was already good, wait until you hear this duet. Kodi's vocals are spot on and add an even more soulful touch to the song, which we didn't think could even be possible.

Kodi has been busy and back performing with his brother and live band. From State Fairs to Festivals and Fundraisers, he's been blessing us with his vocal all over the country.

H.E.R., as we know, has also been extremely busy coordinating her own sold-out "Lights On Festival," and of course, recently knabbing more Grammys and even an Oscar!

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At 23 years-old, H.E.R. already has Grammys for I Can’t Breathe and an Oscar for Fight for You on her list of accomplishments. H.E.R. talks about the music, activism, and maybe a future in voice-overs in this Variety's Changemakers Issue. The Grammy-winning song, as much as any other, has become an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. Fight for You was the main track for the film Judas and the Black Messiah which follows the events of Black Panther's Fred Hampton. H.E.R. says in her Variety cover, “Knowledge is power, music is power, and as long as I’m standing, I’m always going to fight for us. I’m always going to fight for my people and fight for what’s right. That’s what music does, and that’s what storytelling does.”

H.E.R. is proud to say she's equally Filipino as she is Black. The article talks about how she is an "artist who is a member of three of the most oppressed groups of human beings in American history: African Americans, Asians and women." As an artist, she believes that as a creative there's a responsibility to use the platform to tell the truth, and to write history the way that it was and how it connects us to today. With the accessibility of social media we are able to see the world today in real time and tell our truths.

“It was tough accepting myself and understanding that you can be both things. People like to put labels and boxes on you and try to say, ‘But you’re Black,’ or you’re this or that. Why does it have to be one thing? Why can’t I be all of these things?”

H.E.R. ON VARIETY

The Vallejo, Bay Area native talked about her upbringing and not always fitting. The storytelling in her songs come from parts of her life and experiences. H.E.R. shared stories of her mother's upbringing in the Philippines, and her father spoke of growing up Black in Arkansas. He also was an iron worker by day and a musician by night who brought young Gabriella Wilson along to gigs and performances. She remembers always standing out even in the diverse Bay Area. In middle school, she was too Asian for the Black kids or too Black for the Filipino kids. However during senior year, it all changed. Now, she's loud and proud of being Filipino and Black and attributes her being well-rounded to her wide perspective.

Now at 23, she's just as ambitious as she was as a kid. With G-O in EGOT already in her belt, she's aiming for an Emmy and Tony, but H.E.R. isn't placing a hard deadline. However, it may not be too far away as she's working on a Broadway score, but she is aiming for the EGOT before 30 years-old. Her main goal though is to inspire young women where they see her as an example of what is possible. “It means the world that there is another girl out there who [sees her success] and thinks, ‘I can do that too,’ H.E.R. tells Variety.

"My first few [releases] were just a small piece of who I am musically, and it was a matter of time before I could reveal others...it wasn’t until this album that I started digging into those other elements and bringing them to R&B.

H.E.R. ON UPCOMING ALBUM, "BACK OF MY MIND"

Also on the horizon is her new album, Back of My Mind which will showoff a wide range of styles we know she's capable of. As a multitalented artist and guitar protégé, she's slowly peeling off her talents and sharing it with everyone. Manager, Jeff Robinson describes H.E.R. as a genre-less artist and she wants to stay that way. She recently performed her new song Hold On with country singer, Chris Stapleton on the CMT Awards. H.E.R. crosses over genres so seamlessly while other artists can't wait to collaborate.

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Besides music, she's looking into acting. We've seen H.E.R. on Netflix's Yes Day film, but she tells Variety "there is so much I want to do. People don’t really get to see my comedic and fun side, except for when I’m impersonating my aunt.” Remember her post Grammy IG post?

“But I definitely want to do a lot more voice-overs, and comedy, but also some serious roles —I’m trying to do it all, I know. Whatever it is, one thing at a time. I’m gonna get there.” Keep on doing your thing Miss H.E.R. We're rooting for you all the way!

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Recently we introduced Bay Area native, Ashley Mehta to your playlist. She had just released her latest track, FEELS LIKE THAT which is a banger! Now, she just released the music video for it. Let's get to know her and the artist behind the music a little better.

Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from and how did you get started in music?
My name is Ashley Mehta and I am an Artist from the Bay Area. I have held a passion for music for as long as I can remember. Growing up I’ve been in choir, performing covers at shows, Youtube videos. When I entered high school I started using songwriting as an outlet, it became my greatest form of expression. Continuing on to college, I started collaborating with producers, songwriters and artists -- this allowed me to grow in my skill as an artist and ultimately find my sound. 

Does being from the Bay Area influence your style?
Being from the Bay Area has definitely played a role in influencing my style. My goal was to also represent culture through my music. I implement an authentic sound that varies in versatility from 808’s to a Pop/R&B melody. The Bay Area “goes crazy” especially when it comes to music. 

Ashley Mehta Standing By Railing
Photographers: Lauren Lamboy

What’s your creative process like, do you write lyrics first or come up with a melody?
I typically start with freestyling both a melody and lyrics; I typically solidify the melody before diving fully into the lyrical direction. I find the melody to be one of the most contagious parts of a song. 

"My musical influences include Kehlani, H.E.R., SZA, Kiana Ledé."

ASHLEY MEHTA ON DESCRIBING HER SOUND

How did FEELS LIKE THAT come together?
FEELS LIKE THAT was a very fun song to write. We wrote the beginning melodies on the piano portion of the track and ended up only leaving an 808 when the chorus kicks in. Our goal with this record was to be as unique as possible while also showing our versatility. I wanted to implement R&B melodies while also keeping a consistent pop feel. On top of this we wanted to make an electronic element known along with hip hop as well. The song flowed naturally and we were quick to fall in love with the melodies and sounds surrounding the entire track. 

Photographers: Lauren Lamboy and Christina Qian

How was the experience shooting the music video?
Shooting the music video was such an amazing experience! I am so happy to have had my amazing team alongside me bringing the vision to life, and such supportive friends and family - seriously couldn't have done this without them!

I wanted to add a special thank you to Lauren Lamboy for the positive energy she put into this video, and dancers Jaylen Pea and Tessa Shanley for helping me feel like I could dance! This was my first full music video for my music and it's definitely one to remember. The entire day was so fun and I am so grateful for everyone who supports me and my music! This is just the beginning!

Who would be your dream collaboration and what would the track sound like? Would you want to collaborate with a Filipino artist?
My dream collab would be Kehlani. She is an artist from the Bay Area as well and I would want our sound to encompass that. It would be a more r&b/hip hop type of record but I think it would be fun to implement pop elements throughout the track. I would definitely love to collaborate with a Filipino artist. I would also love to collaborate with P-Lo and HER. 

"A big goal of mine as an artist is to play Music Festivals such as Coachella and Outside Lands. I am very excited to perform at these shows and I find the energy to be so raw and authentic."

ASHLEY MEHTA ON HER GOALS AS AN ARTIST

Lets get to some fun facts about yourself.

Being half Filipino, have you visited? What are some of your favorite Filipino foods? 
I have visited the Philippines a couple times, mostly when I was younger. My favorite Filipino foods are Sinigang, Bangos, Lumpia and Pastillas. The list could go on, I love Filipino food! 

We think it might be time to have a potluck soon!

What are your Top 3 songs on your playlist right now?
My top 3 songs on my playlist right now are Keep On by Kehlani, urs by Niki, and Damage by H.E.R. 

Photographers: Lauren Lamboy and Christina Qian

So you’re on TikTok, I see you have loads of covers and remixes, what’s your favorite thing about it and what’s your best TikTok tip?
My favorite part about TikTok is the creative freedom that everyone has; we can make a video at any time of the day and post it. TikTok has brought a big opportunity to all artists as we have this platform that can help spread our creativity even more. I love engaging with others and building relationships from the app as well. I think it’s awesome how you can land on the pages of people who you can relate to as well. My biggest TikTok tip is to let go of fear and expectation. It can feel vulnerable to post videos but it is important to remember to enjoy and have fun creating, that is what matters most. 

Is there anything coming up on the horizon for your music or anything you want to share that we should be looking out for?
I have an upcoming release coming soon and I am beyond excited to share this with everyone!

Cover Photo Credit: Ashley Mehta and Photographers - Lauren Lamboy and Christina Qian

Right off the bat, DJ Khaled's latest track We Going Crazy puts a reggae spin to his usual hip-hop style. It's ANOTHER ONE that's sure to top the charts. Grammy-winning artist H.E.R. kicks off the track with her smooth vocals while Grammy-nominated Migos comes in with the punch in the verses. Although H.E.R. and Migos are features, they're definitely heard from the beginning to the end.

The music video just premiered and matches the vibe of the song. The crew are seen living it up at the beach and waterfalls, but also having a feast. They also be going crazy taking a scavenger hunt around the beach until viewers see they're actually stranded.

We Going Crazy is on DJ Khaled's latest album, Khaled Khaled, now available to stream.

ABOUT DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled is an American DJ, record executive, record producer, and media personality. He produced 11 studio albums of his own since 2006, and in 2017, he earned his fist No. 1 Single with I'm the One off of the album Grateful. In 2009, he was the president of Def Jam Records South and co-founded the We the Best Music Group record label. As a music producer, he collaborated with artists like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Kanye and Nicki Minaj.

ABOUT H.E.R.
Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson better known professionally as H.E.R. is a multi-GRAMMY Award winning American singer and songwriter. She was the first pinay nominated for “Best Song” at the Golden Globe Awards with Fight For You from the film, "Judas and the Black Massiah". In 2021, H.E.R. won the Oscar in the category Best Original Song for Fight For You.

ABOUT MIGOS
Migos was formed in 2008, by Quavo (born Quavious Keyate Marshall), Takeoff (born Kirshnik Khari Ball), and Offset (born Kiari Kendrell Cephus). They originally called themselves the Polo Club. The three members are family and were raised together. Quavo is Takeoff's uncle, and Offset is Quavo's cousin. In 2013, Migos released their commercial debut single Versace from their mixtape Y.R.N. (Young Rich Niggas). In 2017, their second album, Culture, debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart. Culture II debuted in 2018, giving the group their second number one album in the United States.

Featured Photo: Video Screenshot courtesy of @djkhaled


H.E.R. got a big win at the 93rd Academy Awards for Fight For You in the Best Original Song category. The song Fight For You is featured in the Oscar nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah. In her acceptance speech, she teases that she's always wanted to say "thank you to the academy..." and we're with her, who wouldn't? She also thanks her collaborators one the song, Dernst Emille II and Tiara Thomas plus her parents.

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She walked the carpet with her beautiful Filipna mother and they attended the ceremony together. Catch her acceptance speech below.

The film also received the award for Best Supporting Actor in which actor Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther) won. He completed the award season sweep also winning Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG Award, and Critics' Choice. In addition to having two actors nominated from the film for Best Supporting Actor, it also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The movie’s nomination for Best Picture made history for featuring an all-Black producing team.

"Knowledge is power, music is power. As long as I'm standing, I'll always gonna fight for us. I'm always going to fight for my people and fight for what's right..."

H.E.R. on accepting the oscar

Just this last March, H.E.R. won 2 more Grammy Awards and now she can add Oscar winning artist to her accolades. When she was nominated for the Oscar, H.E.R. was nothing but grateful. According to ABC News, H.E.R. says, “I’m feeling crazy man..."

“This just doesn’t happen. It’s just a whole different world I’m stepping into. It’s just a crazy, crazy part of my journey. I never would have imagined this would even happen. I’m super, super grateful. That’s the foundation of how I feel. It’s just gratitude.”

ABS-CBN and TFC Reporter Yong Chavez had a quick chat with H.E.R. after the win in the virtual press area. She H.E.R. speak Tagalog in a little banter. She's on one of the biggest stage representing her roots and not afraid to show it!

Cover Photo Credit: H.E.R. Music Facebook

2020 was the year we discovered the podcast world. Seems like everyone has their own podcast from artists, athletes, to your favorite Youtubers. The content is great and with guests that carry meaningful conversations, podcasts are great to pass the time. One of the great guests to have on a podcast is H.E.R. The insight and introspection she brings into conversations expands one's perspective about life, career, and spiritual journey.

H.E.R. joins award-winning gospel singer, Kirk Franklin on his podcast Good Words with Kirk Franklin. They talk about staying true to yourself despite what others say and showing gratitude in the process. Another topic H.E.R. shares is the need to put more honest art out and the vulnerability that comes with that.

She also talks about her mixed background and how it influenced her style, sound, and musical direction. With her parents as her number one supporters, she's thankful for her family leading the way. H.E.R. even mentions the karaoke family parties where they sing songs by music divas like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin all who helped shaped her sound.

With Grammys under her belt and more success on the way, H.E.R. reflects on developing as an artist and how to be intentional when choosing projects. She's been keeping busy now by pushing out new music and getting expressive again after taking a break at the start of the pandemic. The goal is to take on the responsibility to create uplifting music. H.E.R. looks forward to when virtual shows will take the back burner and live shows are back again.

Cover Photo Credit: Sony Podcasts Twitter

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