H.E.R. Says There's 'Absolutely Going to Be an EGOT in My Future' After Winning Best Song at the Oscars
H.E.R. took home the Best Original Song Oscar on Sunday night, alongside Tiara Thomas and Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II
H.E.R. is moving full speed ahead into her professional future.
Following her win for Best Original Song at Sunday night's 2021 Oscars ceremony, the 23-year-old singer — who took home the honor alongside Tiara Thomas and Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II for "Fight for You" from Judas and the Black Messiah — revealed her plans for further accolades during an interview with reporters in the press room.
Asked about being halfway to EGOT status (the title for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) the singer, who has four Grammy Awards under her belt, said, "There's absolutely going to be an EGOT in my future, hopefully."
H.E.R. (real name: Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson) went on to say she's "also super passionate about acting as well, so you may see me up here as an actress also, and then I love musicals. Me and Brandy have been talking a lot and she's inspired me, since she did a musical."
For now, though, "I cannot believe that we're here. I'm so thankful to be standing next to these two," H.E.R. said of Thomas and, 31, Emile, 36. "I'm still speechless. I feel like the Oscars are happening tomorrow and I'm dreaming right now. I'm still pinching myself."
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The current list of EGOT winners includes 16 Hollywood multi-hyphenates: Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mike Nichols, Scott Rudin, Robert Lopez, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, Tim Rice and Alan Menken.
H.E.R.'s four Grammy Awards include 2021's song of the year for "I Can't Breathe" and best R&B song for "Better Than I Imagined." She also won in 2019 for best R&B performance and best R&B album. The "Slide" singer has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammys.
Written by H.E.R. and Thomas and performed by H.E.R. "Fight for You" beat out "Hear My Voice" from The Trial of the Chicago 7, "Húsavík" from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, "Speak Now" from One Night in Miami… and "Io Sì (SEEN)" from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se).
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"I did not expect to win this award. I am so, so, so grateful, not only to win but to be a part of such an important story," H.E.R. said in her acceptance speech.
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"Musicians, filmmakers, I believe we have an opportunity and a responsibility, to tell the truth, and to write history the way that it was, and how it connects us to today, and what we see going on in the world today. I have no words, I'm so, so thankful," she continued.
Ending her speech on an inspirational note, H.E.R. added, "Knowledge is power, music is power, and as long as I'm standing, I'm always gonna fight for us. I'm always gonna fight for my people and fight for what's right, and I think that's what music does, and that's what storytelling does."
The newly minted Oscar winner also recently spoke with with host Janine Rubenstein on PEOPLE's new weekly podcast, calling the accolades she has received "just icing on the cake."
"It's really the process that I'm in love with," H.E.R. explained. "It's the leading up to the awards shows. It's being in the studio and creating this music and then hearing the reaction from the people during shows, and creating the arrangements for these live shows. Those are the moments that count for me."
The 93rd Academy Awards aired live on Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.