Victoria had one of the biggest songs of the summer when she released "On My Mama" earlier this year. Not only did the choreography go viral on TikTok, but you couldn't turn on the radio or a music streaming service without hearing it.
Victoria's name as a performer might sound new to some, but in the industry, she's anything but a newbie. She's widely known for writing music for some of today's biggest artists, including a ton of songs for Ariana Grande ("7 Rings," "Thank U, Next," "34+35," etc.), Chloe x Halle ("Do It"), and more.
So when the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards rolled around on Sept. 12, fans expected to see her grace the stage. Instead, they only saw her in the audience.
Victoria noticed the outpouring of support from fans saying that she deserved to perform at the VMAs. Victoria revealed that MTV told her team it was "too early in [her] story" for her to hit the stage at their awards show.
I see your advocation for me to have performed tonight and I’m so grateful to you!! Sincerely! My team was told it is “too early in my story” for that opportunity so we will keep working! I’m grateful for YOU, for my tour starting this Friday and for the ability to see some of my…
— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) September 13, 2023
Whew, baby! Fans were not happy to hear that excuse, especially considering her credentials.
Your team was told some bullshit and we ain’t stupid. But of course you’re gonna handle it with grace as you always do.Have a killer SOLD OUT tour, babes 💛
— Homo spirit Activate! (@durandbernarr) September 13, 2023
“Too early”?! Oh, queen they played in your face with that one. On my mama would’ve been perfect and everybody would’ve known every word! 👏🏽 But your time will come and we will be there when the time comes! 🤧❤️
— 𝔏𝔢𝔞𝔥.❁ | 𝒜𝓃𝑔𝑒𝓁 👼🏽 (@redforjanet) September 13, 2023
But earlier today, Grammy nominations were announced, and Victoria struck gold...seven times! The "Coastin'" singer is nominated for Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Victoria, who's set to close out her Jaguar tour next week, submitted herself for 11 categories for the Recording Academy to consider. And for her to be chosen for 7 out of the 11 is a huge win in itself.
Well, fans were right there behind her to celebrate...and, of course, to rub it in MTV's face for making such a big mistake.
The VMAs looking at Victoria Monét become a 7x GRAMMY nominee— pic.twitter.com/KprOsztgNo
— mya. (@myabriabe) November 10, 2023
Disney Channel / Via Twitter: @myabriabe
They said Victoria Monet wasn’t far enough in her story for the VMAs and this morning she’s a FOUR time Grammy nominee. That windshield sure is bigger than the rearview mirror!
— AGD. (@TheLexGabrielle) November 10, 2023
MTV told Victoria Monet it wasn’t her time and months later she’s collecting Grammy nominations like infinity stone. When Jesus says yes……
— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) November 10, 2023
The 2 most Grammy nominated people this year are Black women… who make R&B, yall! SZA with 9, Victoria Monèt with 7 😤
— Alaysia Sierra (@alaysiasierra) November 10, 2023
VMA’s said it was “too early” in Victoria Monet’s story for her to perform, right? Now, watch her show how it's done on the GRAMMY's stage. pic.twitter.com/0ytSp67byi
— Wanna (@MadeByWanna) November 10, 2023
Bravo / Via Twitter: @MadeByWanna
MTV should feel so stupid today. Telling Victoria Monet she wasn’t ready for the main stage and she just got 7 Grammy nominations this morning.
— Caroline Renard (@carolinerenard_) November 10, 2023
The VMAs said it was too early in @VictoriaMonet’s career for a performance (not even on the pre-show stage) and here she is with SEVEN Grammy nominations.
— K E I S H (@MikeishaDache) November 10, 2023
Congratulations to all of my talented ass friends nominated for Grammy’s this year!!!🥳🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎈🎈It’s so good to see BLACK WOMEN take up space in the rnb category this year. Especially when it’s @TheRealCocoJ @VictoriaMonet ❤️
— Kiana Ledé 🎥🪞 (@KianaLede) November 10, 2023
Lmao the VMA Victoria Monet tweets are everywhere & killing me 😂. I hope people realize that this is what they meant!!. They wanted to see her story play out this year and it’s playing out beautifully!! Grammy nominated 👏🏽👏🏽
— Danteé (@TheDinferno) November 10, 2023
So MTV said @VictoriaMonet was “too early” in her career just shy of two months ago.Today: Grammy Nominated for Record of The Year & MoreListen!!! Don’t let anyone tell you who you are and who you are not! They don’t write your story, nor do they validate you. Here proof!!!
— R. T. Wilson (@iamRichaun) November 10, 2023
Victoria has been nominated for 10 Grammys in her career. She was nominated in 2021 for Best R&B Song for her writing credits on Chloe x Halle's "Do It" and in 2020 for writing on Ariana's Thank U, Next (Album of the Year) and "7 Rings" (Record of the Year).
I know that's right! I couldn't be happier for Victoria!
This is a big year for the R&B girlies, so tune into the Grammys on Feb. 4, 2024, to see how many she collects!