"I think the first thing I want to say is that I've never been so proud to be an artist," H.E.R. said in her acceptance speech, noting that she considered all of the music by her competitors in the category to also be songs of the year. "I didn't imagine that my fear and that may pain would turn into impact, and it would possibly turn to change, and I think that's what this is about. That's why I write music. That's why I do this."
The singer-songwriter also thanked her parents and noted that she wrote the song -- inspired by George Floyd's last words as he struggled to breathe while a police officer kneeled on his neck -- in her bedroom at her mother's house. H.E.R. also shared that her dad, who was the first person she played the song for, cried when he first heard it.