At the Oscars pre-show on Sunday (April 25), H.E.R. performed "Fight For You" from the nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah.
Starting out behind a drum kit, the artist -- wearing a sparking gold suit and her signature round sunglasses -- then took to the front of the stage to sing the song. Here she was joined by a band of more than a dozen members, with a brass section, guitarists, back-up vocalists and more altogether creating the '60s inspired-soul of the powerfully smoldering track.
The performance was intercut with statements from Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton, whose image was also projected on the floor of the stage. Judas and the Black Messiah, which documents the 1969 police assassination of Hampton, is nominated for five awards tonight including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for both Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield.