It's fair to say that much of the audience watching at home was just getting acquainted with 21-year old R&B artist Gabriella Wilson -- aka H.E.R. -- at the 2019 Grammys. It's also fair to say she just won over a lot of new fans.
Midway through the show, H.E.R. performed "Hard Place," a striking ballad off her 2018 EP I Used To Know Her: Part 2. She opened alone in the spotlight, playing a translucent guitar, crooning about a collapsing relationship as her outfit glistened along. Bit by bit, her backing band revealed herself as the song upped the emotional ante -- male and female backing vocalists, strings, drums, extra guitars. Wilson's voice surged skyward, matching the enormoity of it all. She shredded, too. It was R&B at its core, but also felt like gospel, arena rock, and big-ticket pop. It certainly feels like we'll be hearing much more of it.