This coming weekend, Jazmine Sullivan will celebrate her 35th birthday, but she received an early present from the Recording Academy this past weekend. Actually, she received two presents. After 13 years and 15 nominations, Jazmine won her first two GRAMMY Awards at the 2022 GRAMMYs, which were broadcast live from Las Vegas after being postponed since January.
Jazmine went into the night with three nominations for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Pick Up Your Feelings” and Best R&B Album for Heaux Tales. Fans were overjoyed when they found out Ms. Sullivan was nominated for multiple GRAMMY Awards this year but were just as ready to flip tables if the soul-filled songstress didn’t end up walking away with something this year. Thankfully nobody had to pull up at the GRAMMYs because Jazmine finally walked away victorious.
During the GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony, which took place earlier in the day and was live-streamed online before the televised show, Jazmine’s “Pick Up Your Feelings” tied with Silk Sonic‘s “Leave The Door Open” for Best R&B Performance. She wasn’t there to accept the award but presenter Jimmy Jam accepted on her behalf while Sullivan’s fans at home erupted in praise on social media.
Later in the night during the 2022 GRAMMY Awards telecast, the vocal powerhouse took home the GRAMMY for Best R&B Album for her beloved Heaux Tales. This time, Jazmine was sitting in the audience, but she was caught in a moment of awe and disbelief when presenter Billy Porter gleefully shouted her name. “I don’t know what I heard, I almost didn’t believe it,” she stated during her acceptance speech, still in shock. Her fans heard it loud and clear, however, and showered Jazmine with more flowers across socials and had her name trending on Twitter.
Two weeks ago, the expressive goddess took to her Twitter feed and Instagram Stories to ask fans what Heaux Tales meant to them. “I know what this album means to me, but I want to know what it means to you. As an artist, you don’t always know if the message is being received & if ppl fully understand it,” she wrote. The message was delivered because fans heard our good sis! The starlet was met with an outpouring of overwhelming responses where fans expressed feeling validated, understood, empowered, liberated and like they had their own personal prototype for agency among Black women.
During her acceptance speech, Jazmine spoke about the importance of Black women being able to learn and laugh with each other without being exploited. We have reason to believe this is why the album resonates as deeply as it does. The singer-songwriter was able to forge safe spaces for Black women on the record, in the industry and out in the world.
While backstage after winning her second GRAMMY, several media outlets asked Jazzy how she felt and what is next. She spoke about calling her parents, finishing the final dates on her Heaux Tales Tour and writing music for her next project.
Although we’re excited for what’s to come, with the deluxe album Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales recently released, we don’t see Jazmine’s Heaux Tales reign ending any time soon, especially after this colossal win. There’s still talk of teaming up with Issa Rae, who shared “Issa’s Tale” on Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales, to do something visually with the album. Sullivan revealed during her backstage interview that a Heaux Tales film has been discussed, and she just needs to reconnect with Issa to make something happen.
“The idea of Heaux Tales is so big and it can go so many different ways, and I would love to get into that field,” Jazmine responded to a reporter. It sounds to us like this definitely isn’t the end of the Heaux Tales story, and we’re here for it. Thank you in advance, Jazmine. Give the Heaux Hive even more to stan!