Honoring Victoria Monét On Historic Win As First Black Woman To Earn Best Engineered Album Grammy

by Grace Somes
Victoria Monét || Image credit: @victoriamonet

Still navigating International Women’s Month, Victoria Monét’s groundbreaking moment at the Grammy Awards, when she became the first Black woman to win the prestigious award for Best Engineered Album, deserves a spot in the rich tapestry of African-American history.

Monét was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 1, 1989, before her family relocated to Sacramento, California.

In Catholic elementary school, she was actively involved in holiday plays while simultaneously being an active member of the church youth choir.

She begged her mother to allow her to attend Sheldon High School in Sacramento so she could participate in the school’s performing arts program. This meant they had to change their address and abandon the dance teaching job she started in Junior High School.

What sets Victoria Monét apart is her musical prowess and unwavering commitment to uplifting and empowering women through her art.

Her lyrics are filled with a force of self-love, empowerment, and resilience, serving as anthems for women- and everyone- from all walks of life.

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.

She also has singles like “Ass Like That” and “Moment” to celebrate female sensuality and confidence. At the same time, her hit song, “Experience”d, delves into deeper themes of vulnerability and growth.

Outside of Monét’s commitment to social justice and activism, she has several enviable awards to her name.

Victoria Monét bagged The Visionary Award at the Her FlowHERS Awards, which she followed with two at the 2023 Soul Train Music Awards for Best Dance Performance and Video of The Year for the “On My Mama” album.

At the 2024 NAACP Image Awards, she took Outstanding Album home from the fiercely contested category. Monét is also an honoree for the Rising Star Award from the 2024 Billboard Women in Music.

Victoria Monét’s voice transcends boundaries, continuing to inspire generations.

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