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First-Time Grammy Nominee Jessie Reyez Talks “Being Human in Public” | Grammy Confidential | E! News

January 23, 2020


♪♪ -I’m nominated this year for
“Being Human in Public” — that’s my first —
or my second EP. The title’s just connected to
how I feel in everyday life. I try to live in a way
that’s honest and, sometimes, brutally honest. And sometimes
that means saying something that just might not be, like,
the polite thing to say, but at least you’re being honest
with somebody. Sometimes, it’s even just being
honest with yourself. It’s about, like, just being
your most authentic self and how now, in the state
that our society is in, it’s almost viewed as something
out of the ordinary, like, “How dare
you be human in public! Where’s your makeup?
Where’s your mask? Where’s your facade?
Where’s your walls? Where’s all that?” So, to me, it was just kind of
a statement to my mission to be my most authentic self, which sometimes isn’t always
accomplished, but I try. ♪ You’re in love
with somebody else ♪ -♪ I’m in love with… ♪ -I felt honored, as a Latina,
to be included in the Grammys, but, obviously, in life,
there’s just ways to go. There’s still miles to achieve
in order to reach that level of proper representation
and proper equality, and that’s part of the reason
I feel so happy that they’re including me, too, because I know who I am. I know I’m a Latina,
I know I’m brown-skinned, so I’m really happy. And it’s just been on the list
of, like, accolades of things that I want to achieve
before I die, ’cause they matter to me. -[ Speaking Spanish ] -You got nominated
for a Grammy — I swear — “Being Human in Public” — Best Urban Contemporary Album,
girl! -Whoo! -Let’s go! -[ Laughs ] -My mom and pops
were out in Miami with me, and they got, like,
a little doughnut and stuck a candle in it, and decided to…
a congratulations song. But I didn’t know it was them —
I thought it was housekeeping. So, I, like, waddled —
waddle — like, “waddle”
is the [bleep] operative word. I was dead.
I waddled to the door like this. We had just been working so hard
and going nonstop that I wasn’t even conscious of the nominations coming out
that morning. So it’s not even like
I was wait– like, I was just not aware
’cause I’ve been working. I’m really happy
that they were there and that it came from them, especially ’cause they know that it’s a — it’s —
it matters to me. Like, it matters to me. That’s why I was so emotional. That’s why I was speechless. I was kind of floating for the
rest of the — [bleep] till now. I still feel like I’m floating. It’s just nuts.
It’s unbelievable. ♪ I feel what you feel
when you’re far away ♪ ♪ When you’re far away ♪ For “Far Away,” I knew
I wanted to make a moment — I knew I wanted to make
a statement. Being Latina,
being brown-skinned, having family that’s dealt with
immigration issues — having, like, all of that, I
knew I wanted to make a moment. But I’m really fortunate
to have worked with Peter Huang, who was the director of that, who accepted the challenge
and did multiple treatments, where I was like,
“No, I don’t like this one because I want it to be
more potent. No, I don’t like this because
I want it to be more visceral.” I want it to affect somebody who’s had their privilege
their whole live to have never been
in those shoes and watch this video
and feel like they have. ♪ On my mama,
I’ll never hurt you ♪ ♪ On my mama,
I don’t deserve you ♪ I feel like, when you are born
into an immigrant family and you watch your parents work
twice as hard as everyone else who —
who’s just born there by chance, it’s a really intense
life lesson that you only really grasp
when you’re older. Like, when I was younger,
I didn’t understand that it wasn’t normal for my mom
to be working two jobs, cleaning houses,
and then babysitting and having my aunt be
in the house, helping raise me, who was also an immigrant,
who couldn’t get a job then, and my dad working nights. So, I watched that
my whole life, and I think I apply it
to my hustle now. Like, I don’t think
I’m the best singer — I still think
I need to work at my craft. I don’t think
I’m the best writer — I still need to work
at my craft. But regarding my work ethic,
I know I picked up a lot of that from how hard
my mom and my dad worked and the adversities
that they had to face and, also, the decisions that
they made that they wanted to maintain
their culture in the house, ’cause — ’cause that was
a gift to me, too. I’m really fortunate
to have been born in Toronto, where that gift
wasn’t taken for granted, because, in Toronto, you’re almost encouraged
to wave both flags — you’re encouraged to wave
the Canadian flag and wherever your parents
came from because it’s just — it’s just
like that — it’s just embraced. From my experience and the
people I was surrounded with, that’s the feeling I got,
which was dope. ♪ Oh, baby, I’d rather be hard
to love than easy to leave ♪ ♪ You should believe me ♪ I’m really fortunate to have
worked with Calvin Harris because he had a hand in — in really establishing me
as a songwriter because
a lot of my placements — my earlier placements
were with him. My first number-one song
that I wrote was with him. And his relationships
with Dua Lipa and his relationships
with Normani — to be able to place those
really, really helped. ♪ Crazy ♪ ♪ I’m crazy
for feelin’ so lonely ♪ Working on my debut album,
my process hasn’t changed, ’cause
it’s still heart to mouth. I talk a lot about life and
death and the idea of how, like, so much negative and positive
characteristics are applied to each, but I replace “life”
with “love.” I talk a lot about that. This is what I want to do
till I die, and y’all
are making this possible, so thank you guys
for sharing my stuff. I love y’all.
Appreciate it. And if you’re new, welcome. ♪♪

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1 Comment

  • Reply KokeysHere January 22, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    My gurl is nominated!!! 😍😍😍 Congrats!!!

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