R&B singer Monica recently expressed her feelings on her place in the music industry, saying she feels that she’s the most forgotten amongst her fellow R&B peers.
During the final stop of The Shop’s UNINTERRUPTED Live Tour in Atlanta, which was published on Wednesday, the Atlanta native, alongside other guests, including Quavo and Lou Williams, talked about her career journey and why she feels she’s the underdog, Hiphopdx reported.
“I was able to really enjoy my career because I didn’t have any expectations,” she began. “I was not looking at stats, I was not worried about awards. I’m actually a person that, for all the records I’ve broken, I really have never won any awards. I’m really the most forgotten if you think about it.”
“I’m pretty much the underdog, but I sit very comfortably in it because I can still go where I want, do what I want, live how I want. But when I say that I am often forgotten, I was hosting the Soul Train Awards, was nominated for five, three of my songs in one category and still lost.”
“But I went out to eat and kicked my regular shit after,” she concluded. “I was not bothered because that’s not what I do it for…That is really my point when I say that oftentimes I’m forgotten in those spaces.”
Monica was a major influence and string presence during the 90s. She also had a triumphant career, with multiple songs on the Billboard Top 100 Chart, including “Before You Walk Out of My Life,” “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” and “The Boy Is Mine,” with the latter selling 5 million records, Blavity reported.
The singer said she seems neglected on the awards front. She only has one Grammy for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for her work on “The Boy Is Mine,” and has received one award from the Billboard Music Video Awards, the BET Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards.
She has been nominated for nearly 40 awards but has only five wins.
“Honestly, for me, I think what sustains me and keeps me connected is the authenticity,” she said regarding the snubs.
“I’mma always be me,” she said. “I’m always the same. You’re never going to see me in a different environment and get a different person. And that allows me to not just reinvent myself, but to evolve.”