Singer Victoria Monét won best new artist at the Grammys

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Victoria Monét clinched the prestigious title of Best New Artist at the illustrious 66th annual Grammy Awards.

In a competitive category that featured outstanding talents like Gracie Abrams, Fred Again.., Noah Kahan, Ice Spice, Jelly Roll, Coco Jones, and The War and Treaty, Monét, 34, emerged victorious.

Her early frontrunner status, affirmed by The Associated Press’ Grammy predictions, was solidified by her unique position as the only Best New Artist nominee also contending in one of the top three general field categories: Record of the Year.

In her heartfelt acceptance speech, Monét graciously acknowledged the Champagne servers first, followed by expressions of gratitude to her team, fellow nominees, and her mother-a resilient single parent “raising this really bad girl.”

Addressing aspiring dreamers, she imparted, “I just want to say to everybody who has a dream, I want you to look at this as an example.”

For Monét, the award symbolized a 15-year journey, drawing a poignant parallel to a plant. “My roots have been growing underneath ground, unseen for so long. And I feel like today, I’m sprouting.”

The Best New Artist accolade is bestowed upon an artist who, during the eligibility period, releases the first recording that establishes their “public identity,” as defined by the Grammys.