Monét decided to focus her attention on working as hard as she could, building relationships, and “being a wholeheartedly good person.” She decided to lend her artistry to others, including Ariana Grande, who met Monét at the tail end of her Nickelodeon career and has worked with her since. The two are “soul-friends,” Monét has said, and the remarkable aural proximity of their speaking voices — both cloud-soft and sun-bright, and both suffused with a wear-and-tear breathiness that accompanies a lifetime of musical performance — suggests that this might be true. Monét has contributed lilting melodies and ass-blasting beats to every Grande studio album thus far, accompanying her vocals the way the velvety night sky accompanies the moon.
Even in such a young life (Monét is 28), some stories come full circle. When she was about six, Monét lip-synched to Brandy; in 2020, Monét cowrote Brandy’s hit single “Rather Be.” It is not hyperbole to say that Monét has helped craft many R&B gigahits of the current moment — Chloe x Halle‘s “Do It,” Justine Skye’s “In My Bag” — plus a handful of others, such as Blackpink and Selena Gomez’s “Ice Cream.”
But Monét is now entering her solo era, she says. It’s a transition she has been working toward her entire life. “I used to tell my grandma, ‘I want to be a triple threat,'” she says with a laugh. “I don’t know where I got that phrase from. But I wanted to be a singer, actress, and a dancer.”
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“Although people always say the nice guys finish last, I don’t think that’s true. I feel like the nice guys finish…happy.”
Monét’s artistic references include Earth, Wind & Fire, the electricity of Michael Jackson’s live shows, Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge, and the glittering harmonies of disco’s heyday. Many of her contemporaries have attempted to invoke the ’70s spirit, retrofitted for today’s airplay, but few do so with fidelity to disco’s cultural roots. Monét explains: “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. Instead of trying to fit in, [I’m] kind of going the other way.”