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H.E.R.’s mentor Nick Cannon on the singer’s five Grammy nominations: It’s only the beginning


Sue KwonThis past Friday, H.E.R. received five Grammy nominations, and nobody is prouder than Nick Cannon, who’s known the 21-year-old singer, born Gabriella Wilson, since she was nine years old.

Cannon tells ABC Radio that he’s had the privilege of mentoring Wilson throughout much of her career. “I’ve watched H.E.R., as a child, play six or seven instruments masterfully,” Cannon said. “So, I think she’s definitely going to be an artist that is around for quite some time.” 

“And, myself being an artist I’m just in awe of her,” he continued. “You know what I mean? I’ve always been. I remember sitting at the piano like, ‘Yo, show me those chords again.’ Like, ‘How you do that?’ And, to see H.E.R. be able to share that with the world and be recognized for that is outstanding.”

Among the “We Could Have Been” singer’s five Grammy nods: Best New Artist and Album of the Year for her self-titled debut. In the latter category, H.E.R. faces fierce competition, including albums by Cardi B, Janelle Monae, Drake and Post Malone, to name a few.

But win or lose, Cannon says, “Just to see all of her hard work, all of her patience, her diligence pay off — it’s only the beginning for that young lady.”

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