Victoria Monét clinched the coveted Best New Artist Grammy at the 66th annual Grammy Awards, surpassing a diverse field of nominees, including Bronx rapper Ice Spice. Monét’s victory, a testament to her exceptional talent and artistry, underscored her evolution from a behind-the-scenes hitmaker for artists like Ariana Grande to a celebrated artist in her own right.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter, who entered the night with an impressive seven nominations, including a nod for the prestigious Record of the Year award, secured a total of three wins on the momentous evening. Her debut studio album “Jaguar II” sparked a commercial breakthrough following years of dedication and perseverance, earning her the accolades for best R&B album and best-engineered album, non-classical, in addition to the Best New Artist prize.
Expressing her gratitude, Monét extended heartfelt thanks to the Recording Academy voting members, acknowledging their pivotal role in her remarkable achievement. She also paid tribute to her mother, recognizing her unwavering support as a single parent raising a spirited and determined daughter.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Sacramento, California, Monét’s journey in the arts began at a young age, where her prowess as a poet and lyricist foreshadowed her future success in the music industry. Notably, her collaboration with Ariana Grande yielded numerous songwriting credits on Grande’s studio albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings.”
Monét’s musical influences, ranging from Janet Jackson and Destiny’s Child to Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Sade, Michael Jackson, and Earth, Wind & Fire, have shaped her distinctive artistry, contributing to her multifaceted and resonant body of work.
Moreover, Monét’s daughter, Hazel, made history as the youngest Grammy nominee for her contribution to “Hollywood,” a track nominated for best traditional R&B performance, further solidifying the Monét family’s indelible mark on the music landscape.
Watch a snippet of her acceptance speech below