BET Awards 2022: Get to Know Coco Jones and See Why She’s Hollywood’s Next Rising Star

The actress currently stars as Hillary Banks on Peacock’s ‘Bel-Air’.

Actress and singer Coco Jones is Hollywood’s next big star. Like many great acts in the business, the 24-year-old rose to prominence after starring in the Disney Channel film Let it Shine, So Radom, and Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing. Since then, the multi-talented entertainer has made several movie appearances and released tons of singles, including her debut single, “Holla at the DJ.”

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The California native currently stars as Hilary Banks in the Peacock’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reimagining Bel-Air and has quickly become a fan favorite. And this year, she's nominated for a BET Award for "Best Actress". Please get to know Coco Jones and find out why she is Hollywood’s next rising star.

  • She’s a veteran in the entertainment industry

    Like many multi talented stars, Coco found her footing in the entertainment industry after starring in several Disney Channel feature films and series when she was 9-years-old. Some of her most famous roles include the 2012 movie, Let It Shine, and she’s made several appearances on Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing from 2010 to 2011 and So Random!.

  • She had famous ties before her stardom

    The singer is the daughter of former NFL football player Michael David Jones. However, her dad’s occupation as an athlete caused Coco and her family to move to Lebanon, Tennessee, a small town outside Nashville. Her father was a former defensive end who played on four different teams for nine seasons, including the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals. Her mother is session vocalist Javonda Jones.

  • She’s taken over an iconic television role

    Coco landed the role of Hilary Banks Peacock’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air, reimagining Bel-Air, which premiered in February 2022, and quickly became a fan favorite. Actress Karyn Parsons previously held the role.

  • She’s a professional recording artist

    Many acts who started their career on Disney have been known to have a couple of different skills up their sleeves. For Coco, aside from acting on the silver screen, Coco has been known to put in some serious work in a recording studio, so much so that it landed her a deal with Def Jams records. She marked her major label debut following the release of her single “Caliber” on March 25, 2022.

  • She began singing in front of huge crowds at a young age

    When she was 9-years-old, Coco sang “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of a massive crowd at a football game. However, her first ever stage performance occurred when she was six when she sang “America the Beautiful" to a packed auditorium.

    Watch the BET Awards 2022 Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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