Grammys: ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ Inspired by George Floyd, Wins ‘Song of the Year’
“I Can’t Breathe,” inspired by the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, whose death sparked riots across the United States last year, won “Song of the Year” at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
Singer-songwriter H.E.R. won Song of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday evening for her song titled “I Can’t Breathe,” inspired by Floyd’s death. While pinned to the ground by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year, Floyd said “I can’t breathe” multiple times throughout the arrest.
Trying times all the time Destruction of minds, bodies, and human rights Stripped of bloodlines, whipped and confined This is the American pride It’s justifying a genocide Romanticizing the theft and bloodshed That made America the land of the free To take a black life, land of the free To bring a gun to a peaceful fight for civil rights You are desensitized to pulling triggers on innocent lives Because that’s how we got here in the first place These wounds sink deeper than the bullet Your entitled hands could ever reach Generations and generations of pain, fear, and anxiety Equality is walking without intuition Saying the protector and the killer is wearing the same uniform The revolution is not televised Media perception is forced down the throats of closed minds So it’s lies in the headlines And generations of supremacy resulting in your ignorant, privileged eyes
In an interview ahead of the Grammys, H.E.R. told Entertainment Tonight that she considers the song “the soundtrack to a movement” in reference to the Black Lives Matter protests and riots that occurred last year following footage of Floyd’s death going viral online.
“I mean, it’s been the soundtrack to a movement, you know, one of many songs and I’m just happy to be a part of history now,” she added about the track, which is up for a GRAMMY for Best Song.
Jury selection for Derek Chauvin, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd, opened Tuesday, and, as the Associated Press reports, one juror “was anxious, worried about high emotion surrounding the case. One worried his family might be targeted. The person who worried about the divisiveness of the case was dismissed, as was the potential juror who feared his family could be targeted.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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