Monica has been a major player in the R&B game since the 1990s. While she’s sold millions of records worldwide and has an adoring fanbase, she recently revealed that she feels like an underappreciated artist.
According to The Jasmine Brand, while appearing during the final stop of LeBron James’ talk show The Shop‘s Uninterrupted Live Tour in Atlanta, the singer talked about what inspired her to pursue and continue to pursue a music career. While doing so, she revealed that she once believed that breaking records would earn her awards. But she learned that that wouldn’t be her reality.
“I was able to really enjoy my career because I didn’t have any expectations,” she said. “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.”
She continued, describing herself as the “underdog.”
“I sit very comfortably in it because I can still go where I want, do what I want, live how I want,” she explained. “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 s**t after. 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 has had a triumphant career, scoring multiple songs on the Billboard Top 100 Chart, including several songs — “Before You Walk Out of My Life,” “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” “The Boy Is Mine” featuring fellow R&B legend Brandy, to name a few — that earned the No. 1 spot. In the U.S. alone, the singer has sold 5 million records.
That 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,” amid four nominations. She’s only received one award from the Billboard Music Video Awards, the BET Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards. Monica has been nominated for awards almost 40 times but has only five wins.
However, Monica thinks her snubs have helped keep her authentic.
“Honestly, for me, I think what sustains me and keeps me connected is the authenticity,” she said on the show.
The singer also asserted she’s committed to not changing who she is, even if that stops her from getting her flowers.
“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.”
Monica dropped a few gems alongside rapper Quavo and former NBA star Lou Williams, which you can check out in the recording below.