During the Oscars last night, H.E.R performed her hit song, “Fight For You,” which is a part of Judas and the Black Messiah‘s tracklist. The performance included an onstage projection of Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton. At the Oscars, this song earned her an award for Best Original Song.
During her time onstage, she donned a sparkling gold power suit and her signature sunglasses. She was assisted by a brass section, guitarists, backup vocalists, and more.
“I’m really excited for people to see it,” H.E.R. said during the Oscars pre-show. “It’s very powerful and very important to me.”
H.E.R. spoke about the impact of Fred Hampton while conversating with The Hollywood Reporter in February.
“We were listening to Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield. We listened to a lot of Sly and the Family Stone, some of my favorites. I picked up the bass, thinking about this theme of fighting for something. Because there are so many things that Fred Hampton was fighting for and that we are all still fighting for.”
Judas and the Black Messiah was nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Daniel Kaluuya), Actor in a Supporting Role (LaKeith Stanfield), Original Screenplay, and Cinematography. Daniel Kaluuya ended up taking the prestigious award home for Actor in a Supporting Role. This is Kaluuya’s second Oscar nomination. He earned his first one in 2018 for his performance in the race-based horror Get Out.