BET Awards 2022: Who is Victoria Monét? Get to Know the Pre-Show Performer

Victoria has written some of the hottest songs in the music industry

Veteran singer and songwriter Victoria Monét made her BET Awards debut last Sunday, hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson, with a stunning performance of her popular record “Coasting” at the BET Awards pre-show. The star is perhaps best known for writing for some of the industry’s hottest artists, including Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Brandy, and more.

She’s currently gearing up for his latest studio effort, titled Jaguar II, a follow-up to her critically-acclaimed EP Jaguar, which was released in August 2020. The project features several stand-out tracks, including  “Ass Like That” and “Moment.” In honor of her unforgettable performance, get to know the rising star better with these fun facts.

  • She’s mom to a beautiful daughter named Hazel

    On February 21, 2021, the songwriter welcomed her first child Hazel Gaines whom she shared with her boyfriend and fitness model John Gaines.  The couple got further acquainted after working together on the visual for the singer’s famous single “Moment.”

  • She’s written some of the hottest tracks in music.

    Victoria is behind some of the most successful songs and has worked with dozens of artists, and has writing credits on songs like “Them Girls Be Like” by Fifth Harmony, “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande, Chris Brown’s Drunk Texting" and many more.

  • She wrote one of Ariana Grande’s most extensive records

    Victoria’s writing skills scored pop star Ariana her most extensive record to date with “Seven Rings.” The song was nominated for a Grammy in 2020 and broke multiple streaming records.

  • She grew up around music

    Although she was born in Georgia, Victoria spent her childhood growing up in Sacramento, Ca, telling Miss Bish, "With Sac being so diverse, I got a taste of a lot of different genres. My mom also had a super wide variety of music taste. She would play everything from Sade to Uncle Luke while we cleaned the house.”

    She added, “I feel that today, I am a melting pot of a few different feels, but my heart is always in the '90s mixed with an indie feel. Sac has a super cool indie, artsy vibe downtown where I used to practice dance with Boogie Monstarz, and I think that's where I met my match and felt right at home."

  • She came out as bisexual in 2018

    After years of questioning her queerness, the singer vented about embracing her truth while venting on Twitter. She often talked about Queer people being underrepresented in the business, telling Allure, "Knowing that disco is a music style that was by marginalized people and kind of an underground thing, I feel like as a Black, bisexual woman in the music industry, [we're] underrepresented.”

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