Victoria Monét

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Victoria Monét
Monét in 2017
Monét in 2017
Background information
Birth nameVictoria Monét McCants
Born (1989-05-01) May 1, 1989 (age 33)
Georgia, U.S.
OriginSacramento, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present

Victoria Monét McCants (born May 1, 1989)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church, and performing in a city dance team. She soon took to writing and began working with producer Rodney Jerkins. Previously signed to Atlantic Records, Monét released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 in 2014 and her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2 in 2015. Monét would follow this with the Life After Love, Pt. 1 and Life After Love Pt. 2 EPs in February and September 2018 respectively. Part one of her debut album, Jaguar, was released on August 7, 2020.

Monét has written songs for a number of artists including Nas, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, T.I., GOOD Music, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Coco Jones, Chris Brown, and Dirty Money. In 2019, Monét received two Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year for her work on Grande's Thank U, Next and Record of the Year for "7 Rings".

Early life[edit]

Monét was born in Georgia and moved to Sacramento, California, as a child.[2] Her mother is L'Tanya Chestang-Cubit (née Lovett) and her maternal grandmother was Cassaundria Lovett of Mobile, Alabama. She has a half-brother named Michael Cubit, Jr.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4]

Career[edit]

2010–2015: Songwriting and Nightmares & Lullabies[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. Meanwhile, she had been educating herself on the production world, learning about producers, and making music at a local recording studio. She learned about Rodney Jerkins (aka Darkchild) and decided to add him on Myspace.[5] Shortly after that, he invited her to come to Los Angeles and audition for a new girl group he was forming, Purple Reign.[6][7] 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.[8] The first song she worked on was a track for Diddy Dirty Money's 2010 album, Last Train to Paris.[9] 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.[5][10]

Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman heard one of her demos in a meeting and offered her a record deal later that day.[2][5] Even though she was signed, Monét acknowledged that her songwriting "took off" before her music, while she was working on both.[8] Her songwriting remained her main form of income during the beginning of her music career.[10] 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.[11][9] Monét chose the name as it represented the sound of the EPs: a dark beat mixed with soft melodies.[5]

2016–2018: Life After Love and touring[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13] Grande joined Monét on one of the tour dates to perform "Better Days."[14] 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[15] featuring previous tour-mate Bia, was released on July 19, 2018 alongside a music video.[16] 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".[17]

2019–present: Jaguar[edit]

On April 1, 2019, Victoria Monét and Ariana Grande released the single "Monopoly" while Ariana Grande was on her Sweetener World Tour.

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.[18] On June 19, Monét released the single "Experience" with Khalid and SG Lewis and announced her debut project, Jaguar.[19] 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.[20] Part one of Jaguar was released on August 7.[21] 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.[22] On October 8, Monét released a remix of the Jaguar track "Touch Me" featuring American singer-songwriter Kehlani.[23]

On February 1, 2021 and August 5, 2021, Monét released the singles "F.U.C.K." and "Coastin'", serving as the first and second singles to the second part of her debut project, Jaguar Pt. 2.

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.[24]

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."

Personal life[edit]

Monét came out as bisexual in 2018.[25] In December 2020, she announced that she was pregnant with her first child.[26] On February 21, 2021, Monét gave birth to a girl named Hazel Monét Gaines.[27]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title EP details Peak chart positions
US
[28]
US
R&B

[29]
US
Heat

[29]
US
Ind.

[30]
UK
R&B

[31]
Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
  • Released: October 30, 2014[32]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
  • Released: June 17, 2015[33]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Life After Love, Pt. 1
  • Release: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Life After Love, Pt. 2
  • Release: September 28, 2018[17]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
Jaguar
  • Released: August 7, 2020
  • Label: Tribe Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital download, streaming
174 20 1 26 14
A Jaguar Christmas: The Orchestral Arrangements
  • Released: December 11, 2020
  • Label: Tribe Records
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
Jaguar Pt. 2 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, showing year released, selected chart positions and originating album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[34]
AUS
[35]
CAN
[36]
GRE
Dig.

[37]
IRE
[38]
NLD
[39]
NZ
[40]
SCO
[41]
UK
[42]
"Made in China"[43]
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
2014 Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
"90's Babies"[44] 2015 Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
"Ready"[45] 2017 Life After Love, Pt. 2
"Freak"[46]
(solo or remix featuring BIA)[A]
2018 Life After Love, Pt. 1
"Monopoly"[48]
(with Ariana Grande)
2019 69 21 38 1 15 76 19 21 23 Thank U, Next[B]
"Ass Like That"[50] Jaguar
"Moment"[51] 2020
"Experience"
(with Khalid and SG Lewis)
"Touch Me" (Remix)
(featuring Kehlani)
non-album single
"F.U.C.K." 2021 TBA
"Coastin'"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and originating album
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[52]
CAN
[53]
"A Little More"
(Machine Gun Kelly featuring Victoria Monét)
2015 [C] 81 General Admission
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and originating album
Title Year Album
"Backyard" 2015 Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
"High Luv"[55] Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
"See the Light"[56]
"Do You Like It"[57] 2016 Life After Love, Pt. 2
"New Love" 2018
"Dive"[58] 2020 Jaguar
"Nothing Feels Better"[59] 2022

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and originating album
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"You Wouldn't Understand" 2012 Life Is Good Nas
"Live on Tonight" Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head T.I.
"Somewhere"[60] 2013 Born II Sing Vol. III Eric Bellinger
"Stay" 2014 Paperwork T.I.
"About My Issue" T.I., Nipsey Hussle
"Fear Warning"[61] 2015 Trapnati Hardo, Stevie B
"Losing"[62] 2016 Summer on Sunset Wale
"Kill" 2017 Drogas Light Lupe Fiasco, Ty Dolla $ign
"The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up" 2018 Dime Trap T.I.
"Got Her Own" 2019 Charlie's Angels Ariana Grande

Production and songwriting[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2012 "You Wouldn't Understand" Nas, Victoria Monét Life Is Good
"Sin City" GOOD Music Cruel Summer
"Introduction" T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
"Live On Tonight" T.I., Victoria Monét
2013
"Déjà Vu" Coco Jones Made Of
"Visual Love" Chrisette Michele Better
"Honeymoon Avenue" Ariana Grande Yours Truly
"Daydreamin'"
2014 "Intro" My Everything
"My Everything"
"Only 1"
"Cadillac Song"
2015 "Everlasting Love" Fifth Harmony Reflection
"Them Girls Be Like"
"Reflection"
"We Know"
"Double Tap" Jordin Sparks, 2 Chainz Right Here, Right Now
"A Little More" Machine Gun Kelly, Victoria Monét General Admission
"Intro" Ariana Grande Christmas & Chill
"Wit It This Christmas"
"December"
"Not Just on Christmas"
"True Love"
"Winter Things"
2016 "Moonlight" Dangerous Woman
"Be Alright"
"Let Me Love You" Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne
"Leave Me Lonely" Ariana Grande, Macy Gray
"I Don't Care" Ariana Grande
"Knew Better / Forever Boy"
"Step On Up"
"No Way" Fifth Harmony 7/27
2017 "I Want You" Sara Evans Words
2018 "Goodnight n Go" Ariana Grande Sweetener
"Pete Davidson"
"Thank U, Next" Thank U, Next
2019 "7 Rings"
"Needy"
"NASA"
"Make Up"
"Ghostin"
2020 "Do It" Chloe x Halle Ungodly Hour
"Rather Be"[63] Brandy B7
"Ice Cream" Blackpink, Selena Gomez The Album
"34+35" Ariana Grande Positions
"Motive" Ariana Grande, Doja Cat
"My Hair" Ariana Grande
"Nasty"
"West Side"
"Love Language"
2021 "Test Drive"
  1. ^ The solo version of "Freak" appears on Life After Love, Pt. 1 whilst the remix featuring BIA is a standalone single.[47]
  2. ^ "Monopoly" is only included on the Japanese deluxe edition of Thank U, Next.[49]
  3. ^ "A Little More" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result Ref.
2020 Grammy Awards Album of the Year Thank U, Next Nominated [64]
Record of the Year "7 Rings" Nominated
2021 Best R&B Song "Do It" Nominated [65]

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External links[edit]

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