Victoria Monet reveals she almost gave up making music

Victoria Monet

Before being nominated seven times for the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Victoria Monet spent several years as a songwriter and emerging artist. They have released four EPs since 2014’s Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 1, including 2020’s Jaguar. However, none of them attracted the level of attention she was hoping for.

Today (January 31), Monet spoke to Variety about how she almost gave up music despite writing hits for Ariana Grande, Chloe x Halle and Fifth Harmony. He said, “At that time, I questioned it a lot: Like, what is it about me that is so weak? Why aren’t people looking at me? It got to the point where I would sing demos and try to sound really good so the rappers would hook me up.

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“I feel like that’s probably part of what made it so difficult. I had something to prove. This wasn’t handed to me just like that,” the singer added. “So this is all part of why I think things are succeeding now: it’s just timing. It’s almost like, ‘Okay, girl – you didn’t give up. We’re going to give you something.”

Fast forward to 2023, Monet’s major label debut album, Jaguar II, received critical acclaim. The standout cut “On My Mama” earned them their first No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Also on the project, tracks such as “Alright” and “Smoke” featuring Lucky Day became fan favorites.

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Elsewhere in the conversation, Monet talked about her fear of telling the world that she is bisexual. In 2018, the singer came out and in 2023, she confirmed a previously rumored relationship with Kehlani. “I thought conformity would propel me forward,” the artist told the publication. “Picturesque, being straight… it almost felt like you didn’t want to add more (weight) to your heels trying to win the race. It’s like, ‘You’re already a woman, you’re already black – you better choose to fight.'”