Monica rose to fame in the ’90s with smash hits like “For You I Will” and “Angel of Mine,” but she feels that she’s the most forgotten of her fellow R&B peers.
During the final stop of The Shop’s UNINTERRUPTED Live Tour in Atlanta, which was published on Wednesday (October 11), the ATL singer, alongside fellow guests Quavo and Lou Williams, discussed her career journey and why she feels she’s the underdog.
“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.”
She continued: “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.”
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In a viral clip, the “So Gone” singer jumped off the stage at Detroit’s Riverfront Music Festival to confront a man she saw assaulting a woman in the crowd. Talking to CNN Primetime about the incident afterward, Monica explained what was going through her mind at the time.
“Simply put, I didn’t want to see her hurt or harmed, and her not make it back home after coming just to be a concert-goer for myself and Ashanti who was also on the show,” she said. “You know, these concerts have become what almost feels like a dangerous space and place, and I just really want that to change.”
Monica continued: “So, that was just when my instincts kicked in. I do not feel like I’m some form of superhero in any facet. But I did what I would hope that someone would do if they saw that happening to my aunt or mother, I could tell that she was — she’s definitely elder. And there was a level of fear there for me, just watching what appeared to be a situation that could have been escalated even further, I was simply trying to de-escalate it.”
She concluded: “You’re supposed to be having a good time. Everyone is supposed to make it back home to their families. And every person that travels with me knows how I feel about people.”