Pausini’s song Io sì (Seen), written with Diane Warren and Niccolò Agliardi, is from the movie The Life Ahead, or La vita davanti a sé, starring Sophia Loren and directed by the famous actor’s son, Edoardo Ponti.

The Italian film, whose global rights were acquired by Netflix, was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film but the title went to American drama Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Golden Globe winners were notified of their success via Zoom, with Pausini receiving the good news while seated by her piano at home.

“Thank you so much,” Pausini said during the live NBC broadcast, before celebrating with a post on Instagram.

“I’ve never dreamed of winning a Golden Globe, I can’t believe it,” she wrote.

“I dedicate this award to all those who want and deserve to be seen and to that young girl who won Sanremo 28 years ago and never expected to get so far.”

Pausini also paid tribute to Sophia Loren: “All my gratitude and respect for the wonderful Sophia Loren, it was an honour to give voice to your character, to convey such an important message, of welcome and unity.”

Pausini, 46, has won many prestigious awards throughout her career; in 2006, she became the first Italian female artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving the accolade for Best Latin Pop Album for the record Escucha.