Victoria Monét

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Victoria Monét McCants (born May 1, 1989)[2] is an American singer-songwriter. First gaining recognition for her songwriting work, Monét pursued a recording career with the release of a series of extended plays (EPs) before releasing her fifth EP, Jaguar (2020) to critical acclaim. Her debut studio album, Jaguar II (2023) was her commercial breakthrough and supported by the hit single, "On My Mama". The song peaked within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year. At the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, she received seven nominations and three wins for Best New Artist, Best R&B Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Victoria Monét
Monét in 2017
Monét in 2017
Background information
Birth nameVictoria Monét McCants
Born (1989-05-01) May 1, 1989 (age 34)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
OriginSacramento, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present
Labels
Children1
Websitewww.victoriamonet.co

She became involved in performing arts at a young age, and embarked on a musical career in 2010. After performing as part of a short-lived girl group formed by record producer Rodney Jerkins, she took to songwriting and began doing so in tandem with Jerkins and his associate, D'Mile.[3] Monét became a frequent collaborator of singer Ariana Grande, having co-written songs for each of her studio albums beginning with her debut Yours Truly (2013) until her latest, Positions (2020). In 2019, Monét received three Grammy Award nominations (including Album of the Year) for her work on Grande's Thank U, Next. That same year, Grande and Monét released the single "Monopoly", which became a top 40 hit on the UK Singles Chart.

Throughout her career, Monét has worked on songs and albums for other high-profile artists including Nas, Travis Scott, Blackpink, Fifth Harmony, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Brandy, Coco Jones, Chloe x Halle and Chris Brown. Her accolades include two Soul Train Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, and the Rising Star Award from Billboard Women in Music.

Early life edit

Monét was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 1, 1989,[4] and moved to Sacramento, California, as a child. [5] In Catholic elementary school, she appeared on stage in holiday plays, and in church she sang in the youth choir. In junior high school, she formed her own dance group; this led to teaching at two dance studios.[6] She attended Sheldon High School in Sacramento after pleading with her mother to change their address so that she could participate in Sheldon's performing arts program.[7]

Career edit

Outside of dance rehearsals, Monét began exchanging poetry with an older cousin and found a new passion. This soon translated into her writing her own music. A Sacramento-based producer who she had been working with educated her on the production world and learning about producers while making music at a local recording studio together. Through this experience she learned about Rodney Jerkins and added him on Myspace.[8] Shortly afterwards, he invited her to come to Los Angeles and audition for a new girl group he was forming, Purple Reign.[9][10] The group landed a record deal with Motown a year later, but was dropped before releasing any music. After the group's disbandment, Monét turned to songwriting to earn money while she waited for her own music career to build up.[11] The first song she worked on was a track for Diddy Dirty Money's 2010 album, Last Train to Paris.[12] She continued to write song hooks and sang the demos herself before sending them out. Her hope was that the labels would like her version enough that they would keep her on the track as a feature.[8][13]

Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman heard one of her demos in a meeting and offered her a record deal later that day.[6][8] Even though she was signed, Monét acknowledged that her songwriting "took off" before her music, while she was working on both.[11] Her songwriting remained her main form of income during the beginning of her music career.[13]

2014–2018: Nightmares & Lullabies, Life After Love and touring edit

On October 30, 2014, Monét released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and on June 17, 2015, she released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 2 under Atlantic Records.[14][12] Monét chose the name as it represented the sound of the EPs: a dark beat mixed with soft melodies.[8]

 
Monet performing in 2017

Following the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the Dallas Police shooting, Monét released "Better Days" with Ariana Grande on July 10, 2016.[15] Monét joined girl group Fifth Harmony on the North American leg of the 7/27 Tour, which began on July 25, 2016, as an opening act along with pop singer JoJo.[16] Grande joined Monét on one of the tour dates to perform "Better Days."[17] On September 22, 2016, Grande announced on Twitter that Monét will serve as an opening act along with British girl group Little Mix on the North American leg of the Dangerous Woman Tour. Monét also supported Grande on the European leg of the tour alongside rapper Bia.

In 2016, Monét released the promotional single "Do You Like It" which was followed by the single "Ready", which was released while on tour with Ariana Grande in April 2017. Both singles would later be included on Life After Love Pt. 2. On February 23, 2018, Monét released the first half of her "Life After Love" series, Life After Love, Pt. 1. The project features the single "Freak", which was released on February 9 with the project's pre-order. A remix of the song[18] featuring previous tour-mate Bia, was released on July 19, 2018, alongside a music video.[19] The latter half of the "Life After Love" series, Life After Love, Pt. 2, was released on September 28, 2018, and was preceded by the single "New Love".[20]

2019–present: Jaguar and Jaguar II edit

On April 1, 2019, Victoria Monét and Ariana Grande released the single "Monopoly" while Grande was on her Sweetener World Tour. The song debuted at No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Monét first entry on the chart as an artist; Monét also appeared at No. 16 on Billboard's Emerging Artists artist the same week.[21]

In late 2019, Monét released the single "Ass Like That". The song served as the lead single to her upcoming debut project. In early 2020, Monét released the single "Moment" followed by the promotional single "Dive". Monét was announced as Apple Music's Up Next artist in February 2020.[22] On June 19, Monét released the single "Experience" with Khalid and SG Lewis and announced her debut project, Jaguar.[23] In an interview with Apple Music, Monét disclosed that Jaguar will be released in three separate parts which will eventually come together to form her debut studio album.[24] Part one of Jaguar was released on August 7.[25] On October 4, Monét released the song "Politics" exclusively on SoundCloud, leaving a portion of the song fully instrumental, so listeners could add their own feature verse to the song.[26] On October 8, Monét released a remix of the Jaguar track "Touch Me" featuring American singer-songwriter Kehlani.[27] In December 2020, Monét released a holiday instrumental edition of Jaguar called A Jaguar Christmas: The Orchestral Arrangements.[28]

On February 1, 2021, Monét released the single "F.U.C.K." along with a western-themed music video.[29] On August 5, 2021, she released another single "Coastin" and a music video was released starring Rickey Thompson.[30][31] In June 2022, Monét performed "Coastin" at the 22nd BET Awards pre-show and announced she was working on a follow-up project to her previous EP titled Jaguar II.[32]

On March 24, 2023, Monét released the track "Smoke" featuring Lucky Daye, as her first new single since 2021.[33] "Smoke" was followed by the singles "Party Girls" (featuring Buju Banton) and "On My Mama", released on May 10 and June 16, respectively. A dancehall remix of "Party Girls" (additionally featuring Michaël Brun) was released on May 26. In July 2023, Monét was featured on the cover of the 125th edition of Clash.[34]

Songwriting edit

Monét has a long history of writing songs for other artists. In 2010, she helped pen "I Hate That You Love Me" by Diddy Dirty Money and went on to co-write songs such as "Be Alright", "Let Me Love You", "Thank U, Next", and "Monopoly" (featuring Monét) by Ariana Grande; "Memories Back Then" by T.I., B.o.B and Kendrick Lamar; "Drunk Texting" by Chris Brown; "Everlasting Love", "Them Girls Be Like", "Reflection", "We Know", and "No Way" by Fifth Harmony; "You Wouldn't Understand" by Nas; "Sin City" by GOOD Music; "Visual Love" by Chrisette Michele; "Live on Tonight" by T.I.; "Do It" by Chloe x Halle; "Rather Be" by Brandy; as well as "Ice Cream" by Blackpink and Selena Gomez.[35]

For her work with Grande she was nominated for two awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Record of the Year for "7 Rings" and Album of the Year" for Thank U, Next. The following year she was nominated in the Best R&B Song category for co-writing Chloe x Halle's single "Do It."

Artistry edit

Influences edit

Monét has frequently cited R&B female artists such as Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Brandy Norwood, Alicia Keys, as major musical and vocal influences.[36][37][38] She also cited pop influence from Michael Jackson and Coldplay, while soul and jazz from Earth, Wind & Fire and Sade.[39][36][40] From her childhood she took influences from reggae listening to Bob Marley and Buju Banton.[41][36]

Monét mentioned The-Dream, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson as an inspiration for "having both a successful songwriting career and a successful artist career".[42] She referred to Beyoncé's Lemonade and Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as inspirations for her works for visual album.[43]

Personal life edit

Monét came out as bisexual in 2018.[44]

In December 2020, she announced that she was pregnant with her first child.[45] On February 21, 2021, Monét gave birth to her daughter Hazel Monét.[46] Hazel became the youngest Grammy Awards nominee in history for her laughter on "Hollywood", nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.[47]

Discography edit

Tours edit

Headlining
Supporting

Awards and nominations edit

Year Organization Award Work Result Ref.
2020 Soul Train Music Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated [49]
Grammy Awards Album of the Year Thank U, Next Nominated [50]
Record of the Year "7 Rings" Nominated
2021 Best R&B Song "Do It" Nominated [51]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist Jaguar Nominated [52]
2022 Give Her FlowHERS Awards The Visionary Award Herself Won [53]
2023 Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Nominated [54]
Album of the Year Jaguar II Nominated
Song of the Year "On My Mama" Nominated
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award Nominated
Best Dance Performance Won
Video of the Year Won
2024 Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated [55]
Best R&B Song Nominated
Best New Artist Herself Won
Best R&B Performance "How Does It Make You Feel" Nominated
Best Traditional R&B Performance "Hollywood" (with Earth, Wind & Fire & Hazel Monét) Nominated
Best R&B Album Jaguar II Won
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding New Artist Herself Pending [56]
Outstanding Female Artist Pending
Outstanding Album Jaguar II Pending
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary) "Smoke" (with Lucky Daye) Pending
Outstanding Soul/R&B Song "On My Mama" Pending
Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album Pending
People's Choice Awards The R&B Artist of the Year Herself Pending [57]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New R&B Artist Pending [58]
R&B Song of the Year "On My Mama" Pending
Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award Herself Honoree [59]

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