On Wednesday, October 16th, the GRAMMY Award-winning powerhouses, Ms. Lauryn Hill and H.E.R. co-headlined LA’s Hollywood Bowl. This was a special one night only event and it was sold-out.
In 2017 H.E.R. (an acronym for Having Everything Revealed) released her compilation self-titled album via RCA Records. It consists of tracks from the singer’s first two EPs plus six additional songs. It was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019 and won for Best R&B Performance and for Best R&B Album.
H.E.R brought many of the songs found on this collection to the concert. Wearing her usual sunglasses, the 22-year-old songstress performed a lively and entertaining show. She casually alternated between playing a few different guitars, a drum machine and a keyboard. Along with her two energetic back-up singers/dancers, they filled the stage and entertained an already packed Hollywood Bowl.
Towards the beginning of her set, H.E.R. exclaimed, “LA, we are at the Hollywood Bowl! This is crazy! How are you all feeling? I feel so blessed to be here tonight!”
Just a few of the songs she played were her Daniel Caesar duet “Best Part,” “Hard Place,” “Make It Rain,” “Focus,” “As I Am” and more. At one point H.E.R. welcomed Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley to the stage and they sang a few tracks including Bob Marley’s classic “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” Of course, everyone in attendance filmed this. H.E.R. wrapped up the set with additional guest YG who is on her newest song, “Slide.”
During H.E.R’s set, she mentioned to the audience how inspired she has been by Ms. Lauryn Hill’s career and she thanked the singer for paving the way for musicians like her. This inspiration was clear as Hill took the stage only a little behind schedule.
Wearing a pale lime green poofy layered dress, Ms. Hill entertained the eager audience for a little over an hour. At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, her iconic 1998 album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” earned 10 nominations, winning five awards. This made her the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night.
Ms. Hill performed a selection of the songs found on that collection including “Lost Ones,” “Everything Is Everything,” “Superstar,” “Final Hour,” “Forgive Them Father,” “Ex-Factor” and “Doo Wop (That Thing).” She ended the set with the Fugees hits, “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “Fu-Gee-La.” Ms. Hill did not just perform these beloved tracks, she transformed them into fresh new songs. These re-made versions were loved by all in attendance and many stood the entire performance. On stage, she was backed by a full orchestra made up of string and horn sections, several guitarists, drummers and even a harpist. She was also supported by three incredible back-up singers.
Before beginning most songs, Ms. Hill spoke at length about writing them and what was going on in her head at the time. She also talked a lot about the current state of the world and that she feels justice will prevail. “I don’t really talk to press anymore at all so I kinda use these shows to talk about what I’m feeling.
“Those of you that have it in you to shine, you better shine. You must shine. You know you have family who invested in you early. Make them proud. Don’t embarrass them. Make them proud. Leave the kind of legacy that other young people will have an example to stand in their fight and in their mission because if not, we make it that much harder for them.”
It was a night about true talent and musicianship as both ladies stepped onto the Hollywood Bowl stage. One making her name in history and the other continuing her legacy.