H.E.R. Wins Best Original Song For 'Fight For You' From 'Judas and the Black Messiah' | Billboard News

After winning for her song featured in 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' the singer also emphasized how musicians and filmmakers "have an opportunity and responsibility" to "tell the truth and to write history the way that it was."

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HER: Oh my god. I did not expect to win this award.

TETRIS KELLY: From H.E.R., to "Soul," to "Da Butt." Major musical moments went down at the Oscars. What are movies without music? The 93rd Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles, where musician H.E.R. Won for Best Song with "Fight for You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah."

HER: (SINGING) I'ma always, always fight for you.

TETRIS KELLY: Topping other nominees like Leslie Odom Jr. with speak now, H.E.R. Is coming fresh off a Grammy win for song of the year for "I Can't Breathe."

HER: (SINGING) If we all agree that we're equal as people, then why can't we see what is evil?

TETRIS KELLY: She graciously accepted the Oscar.

HER: I am so, so, so, so grateful. Not only to win, but to be a part of such an important, important story. So thank you so much. Thank you to the Academy. I've always wanted to say that.

TETRIS KELLY: Prior to the best song awards, Zendaya presented the award for Best Score to Disney's "Soul," whose composer Jon Batiste reminded us all music comes from the same place.

JON BATISTE: You know what's deep is that God gave us 12 notes. It's the same 12 notes Duke Ellington had, Bach had. It's the same 12. Nina Simone.

TETRIS KELLY: This is just the second time in Oscar history that Black musicians have won in both song and score categories in the same year.

But you can't talk about music at this year's show without mentioning the moment DJ Quest Love had Glenn Close doing "Da Butt" to EU's classic song.

LIL REL HOWERY: Let me see you do "Da Butt." Let's see it. Oh!


TETRIS KELLY: That was brilliant. Keep it locked on Billboard for all your music updates. For "Billboard News," I'm Tetris Kelly.