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TV One and CLEO TV united to present the annual Urban One Honors. This year’s theme was “The Soundtrack Of America,” and legends such as Jennifer Hudson, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Timbaland were honored.

H.E.R. graced the stage beautifully after being tasked with one of the biggest responsibilities of the night, opening for Urban One Honors. And she did that in H.E.R. own beautiful way. TV One had the chance to catch up with the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning singer, who opened up about her journey to success.

Urban One Honors

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H.E.R. explained the essence behind the story of her stage name, telling us “H.E.R. stands for everything being revealed, so I was having everything revealed, through the music. Not through my face, my name or anything else like that.” Therefore, she focuses on the message of her music and how her fans transcend it.

She further reminisced on her upbringing and how it helped shape the H.E.R. as we know today, “Alot of people don’t know, I had been playing music since I was really little, since was like 5-years old.” Her father played in a band as a hobby, but little did he know that his daughter would “gravitate and learn to play all the instruments.”

She wrapped up her interview by making reference to her being signed at the age of 14-years old. The Grammy Award-winning artist credited her dad for posting YouTube videos and believing in her talents. And now at 24, she still has more inside to release to her fans.

Urban One Honors showcased performances from Tank, Kelly Price, Tasha Cobbs, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill. Hosts Neyo, and Eva Marcille held it down and even caught up with the artists backstage.