H.E.R. on What It Means to Perform at the Super Bowl: ‘It Doesn’t Get Any Bigger’


ET exclusively spoke with the 23-year-old singer on Wednesday, shortly after news broke that her original song,

“Oh my gosh, it means the world!” H.E.R. told ET’s Kevin Frazier, when asked what it was like to receive such a prestigious honor. “I really can’t believe it. I didn’t imagine this happening, so to be recognized by the Golden Globes off of a song I already enjoyed making for an amazing movie, it’s crazy.”

“My phone was just blowing up with ‘Congratulations’ [this morning] and I was so confused,” she added. “I was like, ‘For what?’ and then, as I figured out what was going on, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a Golden Globe nomination.’ I was not expecting it. It was amazing.”

In other exciting news, H.E.R. is also gearing up to take center field inside Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Sunday to sing “America the Beautiful” While she admitted she’s “kind of nervous” about performing on the world’s biggest stage, she also told ET that she feels “excited and blessed” to be a part of this year’s festivities, and to sing such an iconic song.

“Honestly, I am so excited to just be performing at the Super Bowl,” H.E.R. raved. “It’s a huge stage and it doesn’t get any bigger, you know? But I think the goal, for me, is to make [the song] my own. I’m a huge fan of the different versions of ‘America the Beautiful,’ but I really want to bring some different elements in there… make it H.E.R.”

“I’ve been in rehearsals a lot, and I’ve been watching a lot of other performers,” she added, of how she’s preparing for the big moment. “I’m just going to try to tell myself to have a really good time. But I’m going to be in there, getting my warmups in, and just praying that everything goes well.”

H.E.R., who was born in Vallejo, California, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, shared that even being given the opportunity to be chosen to sing at this year’s unprecedented event means the world. 

“I think the No. 1 thing I think about a lot is the fact that I’m a young Black girl from the Bay area, that never imagined that I would be on a stage like that,” she said. “I think it’s a message to other young Black women that you can do it too.”