H.E.R.’s new track Fight For You, written for the biopic Judas And The Black Messiah, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.
The biographical film portrays the betrayal of Fred Hampton, who led the Black Panthers in the late 1960s. Hampton was betrayed by William O’Neal, acting as an FBI informant, and assassinated as part of the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO program. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton and LaKeith Lee Stanfield as O’Neal.
Other artists appearing on Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album include Nas, Masego, ASAP Rocky and The Roots’ Black Thought.
You can see the official video for the track below.
In related awards-season news. H.E.R.’s song I Can’t Breathe, written in response to the police killing of George Floyd, last night won the Grammy award for Song Of The Year, winning over tracks such as Beyoncé’s Black Parade and Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start now.
H.E.R. also recently launched a signature Fender Stratocaster, finished in Chrome Glow with a matching anodised aluminium pickguard and painted headstock. With the launch, she became the first Black female artist to have a signature model with the brand. At the time of the launch she said: “Fender was the reason I began playing guitar. My father taught me how to play my first blues scale on a mini black-and-white Strat, so it’s absolutely surreal I have partnered with Fender to design my own Signature Stratocaster.”
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