When the nominees for the 2024 Grammy Awards were announced, there were plenty of names nobody was surprised to see. Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, and a handful of other mega stars were all included for their incredible work. But there was one new name on that list that, unlike everyone else, didn’t care one bit that they were nominated. We’re talking about Hazel Monet, the youngest-ever Grammy nominee.
At only 2 years of age, Hazel can’t quite understand what’s going on. But her mother Victoria Monet is over the moon for her daughter, who she deliberately included in her hit “Hollywood.”
Victoria Monet Started Her Career as a Songwriter
Victoria Monet has been working in the background for quite a while now. She started out writing songs for others, with her first credit coming in 2010 through Diddy-Dirty Money's "I Hate That You Love Me."
Victoria was especially good at writing hooks for songs. She would often sing out this part when she pitched it, hoping that one of the producers to notice her talent. This plan worked, with Atlantic Records signing her later on.
Despite signing a label, Victoria worked primarily as a songwriter. Her talents reached the world stage when she helped Ariana Grande write “Thank You, Next,” as well as “The Kids are Alright” by Chloe X Halle, and “Baby Mama” by Brandy. She eventually earned Grammy nominations for her work in Ariana’s songs, which boosted her name in the world of music.
Taking Center Stage
In 2014, Victoria finally released her debut album “Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1.” While it wasn’t a smashing success, Victoria’s sound gained her loyal fans. Her second album “Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 2” received a similar reception. More and more people began taking notice of Victoria. She continued writing for stars like Ariana, but she would also perform alongside icons like Khalid.
She released even more singles and albums with moderate success until she eventually released her breakthrough album, “Jaguar II”
The Massive Success of Jaguar II
With a No. 4 spot in the Billboard R&B charts and over 30 million streams on Spotify, there’s no doubt that “Jaguar II” was Victoria’s big break. The album was also praised for its vulnerability, Victoria’s artistic style, and the themes of self-discovery and womanhood which resonated with a lot of listeners.
But the biggest success came in the form of seven Grammy nominations for Victoria including Record of the Year, Best New Artist, and, of course, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Hollywood,” which featured Hazel Monet.
How Hazel Monet Became the Youngest Grammy Nominee
At the end of “Hollywood,” Victoria made an artistic choice to add a laugh track from her daughter Hazel. While Victoria hasn’t explained why, it invited a lot of interpretations.
Whatever the reason, this short laugh track is responsible for handing Hazel Monet the title of youngest-ever Grammy nominee, beating out Leah Peasall, who was nominated for (and won) a Grammy at 8 years old way back in 2002, making Blue Ivy now the third youngest artist to win a Grammy.