H.E.R., Jon Batiste and More Break Records at the 2021 Oscars

This is just the second time in Oscar history that Black musicians have won in both song and score categories in the same year.


H.E.R., D’Mile, and Tiara Thomas won the Oscar for best original song at the 93rd annual Academy Awards, which were presented on Sunday, April 25. They took the prize for "Fight For You" from Judas and the Black Messiah in what was seen as a major upset.


The Oscar win for H.E.R., D’Mile, and Thomas comes just six weeks after they won a Grammy for song of the year for "I Can’t Breathe." This is the first time in 35 years that a songwriter or songwriting team has won an Oscar in the same awards season that they won a Grammy for song of the year for a different song.


Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste won best original score for Soul, as was widely expected. Reznor, Ross, and Batiste are the first three-member composing team in 33 years to win for best original score — and Batiste is only the third Black composer to win in a scoring category.