Finally, Victoria Monét Has Blessed Us With the “Alright” Video

Finally, Victoria Monét Has Blessed Us With the “Alright” Video
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Victoria Monét has come to save summer.

At midnight today, the Grammy winner finally released the video for her latest single, “Alright.” The sultry club banger, produced by Kaytranada, has been in daily rotation for this writer since Monét released her debut album, Jaguar II, last summer.

In the visual, Monét—with the help of choreographer Sean Bankhead and director Dave Meyers—pays homage to some of the most recognizable moments in music video history. Monét sports a pinstripe suit and matching fedora in parts, in homage to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” and toward the video’s end, she struts with her crew of dancers in the rain, bringing to mind Beyoncé’s debut solo single, “Crazy in Love.” In a teaser for the music video shared earlier on Monday, Monét also referenced Jackson's "Thriller" by showcasing her music video's name on a vintage theater marquee and sporting a monogrammed letterman jacket. After immense demand from fans for "Alright" to be an official single over the last year, Monét announced that a music video was on the way during her live set at this year's Coachella Music Festival.

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Last year ahead of the release of Jaguar II, Monét dug into her creative process as a songwriter with Harper's Bazaar.

“When I’m describing things or when lyrics come, they’re not planned. Like, I almost feel like they’re gifts,” she previously said. “Ideas are really just floating in the air, and you have to grab it—you have to grasp them and, like, use them."

The star uses that same ethos when it comes to creating her music videos and tour visuals as well.

“We’re very specific with what directors we want to use, what style we’re going for—lot of references, mood boards, color palettes," she continued. “The Taurus in me is very, like, But, no, I already see it how I see it. I just have to be open once I invite directors to collaborate or, you know, reach out to other people, just being open to how they see it as well.”

Her meticulous approach has paid off, of course. Earlier this year, Monét took home three Grammy awards for Jaguar II including Best Engineered Album, Best R&B Album, and Best New Artist.

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