Victoria Monét may not be a household name, but her music is more well known than many people realize. Working as a songwriter in the industry for several years, Monét has received immense praise for her collaborative work with Ariana Grande, writing Grammy-nominated songs like “7 rings” and “thank u, next.”

Now, as Apple Music’s newest “Up Next” artist, she is working to break out of her “underdog” status and be seen in an industry that often overlooks black, queer women.

“I really love songwriting, but there comes a point where you feel like you’re not seen,” she said, according to Teen Vogue. “I want to have my people who look and feel like me represented.”

“Up Next” is Apple’s series that showcases rising stars in music. She is also part of a short film for the series that was shot on iPhone 11 Pro that will dig deeper into Monét’s music, her career and plans for the future.

Her first single, “Ass Like That,” released in October of last year, was about empowering women to feel good about their bodies. Last week she dropped her latest single, “Moment,” about manifesting your own dreams, and Monét recently posted on Twitter her excitement at seeing the promotional posters in New York City.

For now, Monét is busy working on her newest “retro-inspired” project, “Jaguar” and soaking in her success. She still feels baffled by the speed at which her dreams are coming to fruition, and said she “couldn’t be happier right now.”

“The closest I’ve ever been to this feeling is in elementary school when someone finally picked me to be on their kickball team at recess,” she said.

For those wondering when they can catch the latest live performance from the singer, Monét will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” March 3.

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Singer and song writer, Victoria Monet, joined Ariana Grande on the new song, "Monopoly." In this handout provided by 'One Love Manchester' benefit concert (L) Victoria Monet and Ariana Grande perform on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Donate at Getty Images/Dave Hogan