A big congratulations are in order for Lolo Zouaï. On Sunday, the Franco-Algerian singer won her first Grammy award for co-writing “Still Down” from H.E.R.’s self-titled album, which took home the R&B Album of the Year award. She notably beat out Toni Braxton, Leon Bridges, Lalah Hathaway, and PJ Morton.
“CONGRATS @hermusicofficial on your 5 Grammy nominations!!!” the New York-based singer wrote on Instagram when the nominations were first announced. “So honored to be a part of this. I love you!! WE GRAMMY NOMINATED!”
H.E.R’s critically-acclaimed debut album peaked at number 47 on the US Billboard 200 and number 24 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The gold-certified project won the Album of the Year at the 2018 Soul Train Music Awards, and received five nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards.
Though the year just started, Zouaï (pronounced “zoo-eye”) is having a stellar 2019. The victory comes just weeks after she collaborated with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes for her latest single, Jade from her recently-released debut album Ocean Beach. Meanwhile, this week, she unveiled her “Lose Myself” music video, which she directed and edited herself, and is gearing up for a whirlwind North American tour kicking off in Boston in April.
Born Laureen Zouaï, the polyglot 23-year-old is undoubtedly on her way to global superstardom. With her buttery vocals, laid-back beats, and ability to effortlessly blend her Arabic and Parisian roots into her culture-clashing music (she was born to an Algerian father and a French mother), the self-proclaimed tomboy has garnered a cult following of fans from all across the globe, including the likes of Gigi Hadid, who are hooked to her “bittersweet bangers”.