Doja Cat

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Doja Cat
Doja Cat in July 2021
Doja Cat in July 2021
Background information
Birth nameAmala Ratna Zandile Dlamini
Born (1995-10-21) October 21, 1995 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • dancer
Years active2012–present
Associated acts

Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995), known professionally as Doja Cat (/ddʒə/), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began making and releasing music on SoundCloud as a teenager. Her song "So High" caught the attention of Kemosabe and RCA Records, with which she signed a joint record deal at the age of 17, subsequently releasing her debut EP Purrr! in 2014.

After a hiatus from commercial music and the uneventful release of her debut studio album, Amala (2018), Doja Cat earned viral success as an internet meme with her 2018 single "Mooo!", a novelty song in which she fantasizes about being a cow. Capitalizing on her growing popularity, her second studio album, Hot Pink (2019), reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and spawned the single "Say So", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of a remix featuring Nicki Minaj. This album was followed by Planet Her (2021), which spent three consecutive weeks at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the top 10 singles "Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) and "Need to Know".

Described by The Wall Street Journal as "a skilled technical rapper with a strong melodic sense and a bold visual presence",[5] Doja Cat is known for creating music videos and songs that achieve popularity on social media applications such as TikTok. She is also well-versed in the internet herself, and is famed for her absurdly humorous personality and online presence.[6][7][8][9] Apart from nominations for eleven Grammy Awards, Doja Cat has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a Billboard Music Award, five American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards.

Early life

Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini[10] was born on October 21, 1995,[11][12] into an artistic family in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.[1][13] Her mother is a Jewish-American painter,[14][15] and her father, Dumisani Dlamini, is a South African actor of Zulu descent,[16] best known for starring as Crocodile in the original Broadway cast of the musical Sarafina! and the 1992 film of the same name.[17][18] He claims to have left his family in the US for South Africa out of homesickness, in the hopes that they would join him there,[19] yet Doja Cat has on multiple occasions suggested that she is estranged from her father, claiming that she "never met him".[20][21][22] Her father has denied these claims, claiming that he has a "healthy" relationship with his daughter and that her management team had tried to block all his attempts to contact her out of the fear that they might lose her.[23][19]

Dlamini spent her pre-teen years practicing Hinduism on an ashram led by Alice Coltrane (pictured).

Soon after her birth, Dlamini and her mother moved from Tarzana to Rye, New York, where they lived for five years.[24][25] Her family later moved back to California in Oak Park, where she started attending dance lessons and experienced a "sporty childhood", often skateboarding and visiting Malibu for surf camps.[25][26] Her family then moved near the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles when she was 11 years old. They lived on the Sai Anantam Ashram[27] in the mountains of Agoura Hills and practiced Hinduism for four years,[28][29][30][24] under the swamiship of American jazz musician Alice Coltrane (known by the Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda).[26] It was here that Dlamini wore head-covering scarves and sang bhajans at temple,[1] yet felt like she could not properly "be a kid" with Hinduism's constraining customs.[24] She claims to have lacked interest in school from then on, instead taking a liking for dance.[31] While at the ashram she had been dancing the style of Indian classical dance called Bharatanatyam.[26] As she grew older and moved away from the ashram, she moved on to breakdancing classes and joined a professional poplocking troupe with whom she competed in dance battles throughout Los Angeles while still attending high school.[13] Her aunt, a singer, had given Dlamini singing lessons to help her get into a performing arts high school.[26] She frequently skipped school to participate in online chatrooms,[32] and eventually dropped out at age 16 while in her junior year.[33]


2012–2017: Career beginnings and record deal

Doja Cat has described life after dropping out of school as "messy", claiming that she slept on the floor and spent "all night and day" browsing the internet, looking for beats and instrumentals from YouTube which she downloaded and used to create her own music.[34][35] She taught herself to sing, rap and use GarageBand while at home without a job, frequently making music and uploading it to SoundCloud.[13][35][34] She got her stage name from one of her cats as well as her favorite strain of marijuana, stating, "I was heavily addicted to weed and weed culture, so when I began rapping I thought of the word 'doja' and how it sounds like a girl's name."[13] In late 2012, "So High" became the first permanent upload on her SoundCloud account,[34] and soon caught the attention of Dr. Luke, who signed her to Kemosabe Records, RCA Records and publishing company Prescription Songs when she was aged 17.[1][36][14][37] This deal also came with a temporary artist management partnership with Roc Nation.[36]

In August 2014, Doja Cat released her debut EP, Purrr!, described as "spacey, eastern-influenced R&B" by The Fader.[38] "So High" was repackaged and released as her solo commercial debut single prior to the EP's release,[14] and was later featured on the Fox series Empire in the third episode of the show's first season.[39] In mid-2015, Doja Cat signed to OG Maco's label, OGG.[40] Following the signing, in late 2016, Maco and Doja Cat collaborated on the song "Monster", from Maco's 2017 mixtape, Children of The Rage.[41]

2018–2019: Amala and "Mooo!"

Her first major commercial release in four years, Doja Cat released the song "Roll with Us" in February 2018 following a brief hiatus.[42] The following month, she released "Go to Town" as the lead single from her debut album, with an accompanying music video.[43] "Candy" was released as the album's second single that same month.[44] The track would later become a sleeper hit after a "dance challenge" on the video-sharing platform TikTok went viral in late 2019.[45] The single consequently charted in countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, with the latter having the song peak at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, making this her first solo entry on the chart.[46]

Doja Cat performing in October 2018 after the success of "Mooo!"
Doja Cat performing in October 2018 after the success of "Mooo!"

On March 30, 2018, Doja Cat's debut studio album Amala was released through RCA and Kemosabe Records, and included the three singles.[47] Its release was largely uneventful,[48][49] as it was ignored by critics and failed to chart in any market.[50][51] Doja Cat has since expressed strong disdain toward the record, claiming that it doesn't entirely represent her as an artist and that it isn't a "finished album" since she was constantly partying or high on marijuana during its recording.[52][53][54] She claims it was also rushed in order to meet deadlines from the record labels who paid it "almost no support".[55]

In August 2018, Doja Cat self-published the homemade music video for "Mooo!", a novelty song with absurdist lyrics in which she fantasizes about being a cow.[56] The video promptly garnered viral success as an internet meme, attaining over three million views in one week.[57][58][59] Due to popular demand following this viral success, the single version of "Mooo!" was released onto digital platforms later that month as the lead single from the deluxe edition of Amala.[60] This was followed by the release of the second single, "Tia Tamera" featuring Rico Nasty, and its accompanying music video in February 2019.[61] The full deluxe edition of Amala was released on March 1, 2019, and featured the bonus tracks "Mooo!", "Tia Tamera" and "Juicy".[51]

2019–2020: Breakthrough with Hot Pink

A remix version of Doja Cat's song "Juicy", from the deluxe version of Amala, added a verse from American rapper Tyga and was released alongside a music video in August 2019 as the lead single from her second studio album.[62] Following the release of the remix, the song debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Doja Cat's first entry on the chart, and ultimately peaked at number 41.[51] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) would later award the song a platinum certification in the United States.[63] The song's success led to Amala debuting for the first time on the Billboard 200 chart that same month.[51] In October 2019, Doja Cat released "Bottom Bitch", the second single from her second album.[64] This was followed by the release of the single "Rules" alongside the announcement of her second studio album Hot Pink.[65] Hot Pink was released on November 7, 2019 to generally favorable reviews. The album would eventually peak at number 9 on the Billboard 200.[66] Doja Cat was meant to feature on a track titled "Broward Coward" from an early version of American rapper XXXTentacion's fourth studio album, Bad Vibes Forever,[67][68] however the song was ultimately scrapped since the album tracklist was completely revised for its posthumous release in December 2019.[69] She later released the single "Boss Bitch" as part of the soundtrack for the 2020 film Birds of Prey.[70]

Doja Cat performing at the Hot Pink release party

In January 2020, "Say So" was sent to radio to become the fourth single off of her album Hot Pink.[71] The song was originally released alongside the album in November 2019, but gained wider popularity through the video-sharing platform TikTok.[72] She performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in February 2020.[73] The next day, she released the music video for the song, directed by Hannah Lux Davis.[74] The solo version of "Say So" peaked at number five on the Hot 100, becoming her first top-ten single,[75] and was the most streamed song of 2020 by a female artist in the United States.[76] In May 2020, following the release of a remix of "Say So" featuring Nicki Minaj, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first number-one single for both artists,[77] and the first ever female rap collaboration to peak atop the chart.[77][78]

In March 2020, Doja Cat was set to embark on the Hot Pink Tour in support of the album, before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[79] She was featured on a remix of Canadian singer The Weeknd's single "In Your Eyes" in May 2020,[80] as well as on the single "Shimmy" by rapper Lil Wayne from the deluxe version of his 2020 album Funeral.[81] In June, she was featured on the single "Pussy Talk" by the rap duo City Girls.[82] She released the music video for her single "Like That".[83] She also uploaded the demo song "Unisex Freestyle" to SoundCloud in late June 2020.[84] At the 20th BET Awards, Doja Cat was nominated for two awards, Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year.[85] In August 2020, her song "Freak", which had been on SoundCloud since 2018, was officially released on digital platforms.[86]

Doja Cat won the award for Push Best New Artist at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where she also performed a medley of the songs "Say So" and "Like That".[87][88] She was credited as a lead artist on the remix for Chloe x Halle's song "Do It", which also featured City Girls and Mulatto, the following month. She was featured alongside Australian singer Sia on the track "Del Mar" from Puerto Rican singer Ozuna's 2020 album Enoc, also released in September.[89][90] The "Juicy" remix featuring Tyga was nominated for Top R&B Song at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.[91] Doja Cat was featured on American singer Bebe Rexha's single "Baby, I'm Jealous", the lead single from Rexha's upcoming second studio album, in October 2020.[92] She performed a burlesque-themed medley of "Juicy", "Say So" and "Like That" at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, inspired by Chicago and Moulin Rouge.[93][94] That same month, Doja Cat performed both "Baby, I'm Jealous" with Rexha and "Del Mar" with Ozuna on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, respectively.[95][96] Doja Cat was featured on the album track "Motive" from Ariana Grande's 2020 album Positions,[97] which peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming both her highest debut and second-ever top 40 entry.

Doja Cat in 2020

Doja Cat performed a metal rendition of "Say So" at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony, where she also won the award for Best New Act.[98][99] She won the award for The New Artist of 2020 at the 46th People's Choice Awards.[100] She additionally won both New Artist of the Year and Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 2020 American Music Awards ceremony, where she performed "Baby, I'm Jealous" with Bebe Rexha.[101][102] On December 24, 2020, Doja Cat released a series of videos on her YouTube channel named "Hot Pink Sessions" where she performed three songs twice with two different "looks".[103] On December 31, 2020, Doja Cat performed "Say So", "Like That", and "Juicy" at the annual Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve show.[104]

According to sales in the United States, Billboard ranked Doja Cat at number five on both the Top New Artists of 2020 and Top Female Artists of 2020 charts.[105][106] After her on-demand audio streams in the U.S. increased by 300% from 2019, Rolling Stone ranked her at number one on their list of the ten biggest breakthrough artists of 2020.[107] Forbes named Doja Cat "one of the top breakout stars of 2020" while including her on their annual 30 Under 30 list.[108] Doja Cat was the fourth most-Googled musician of 2020 in the United States.[109]

2021: Planet Her

On January 7, 2021, Doja Cat was featured on the single "Best Friend" by rapper Saweetie, and appeared in the accompanying music video.[110][111] The following week, Doja Cat appeared alongside Megan Thee Stallion on the remix of "34+35" by Ariana Grande.[112] Following the release of the remix, the song reached a new peak of number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[113] In early 2021, Doja's song "Streets" became a sleeper hit after live performances of the song went viral on TikTok.[114] TikTok also spawned a viral challenge which uses a mashup of "Streets" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" by Paul Anka.[115] This caused the song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 16.[116] Doja Cat was nominated for three awards at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, namely Best New Artist, and her single "Say So" being nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.[117] In 2021, she was placed on "Time's 100 Next" list, which highlights 100 emerging figures, with her write-up being penned by American recording artist Lil Nas X.[118]

Doja Cat revealed the title of her third studio album, Planet Her, in a March 2021 interview with V.[119] On April 10, the song "Kiss Me More" featuring SZA was released alongside a music video as the lead single for the album.[120] It received critical acclaim,[121][122][123] and commercial success, spending nineteen consecutive weeks within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the record for the most weeks in the top 10 by a female collaboration.[124] The song peaked at number 3 and became Doja Cat's third top 10 hit.[125] Later that month, Doja Cat performed the songs "Best Friend" with Saweetie, "Rules", "Streets" and a solo version of "Kiss Me More" at Triller's inaugural Fight Club event.[126][127] On April 23, 2021, Doja Cat launched an NFT marketplace titled "Juicy Drops".[128] In May 2021, Doja Cat won the award for Top Female R&B Artist at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards,[129] where she performed "Kiss Me More" with SZA.[130] Later that month, she performed a solo version of the same song in a medley with "Streets" and "Say So" at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, where she won the award for Best New Pop Artist.[131]

The song "Need to Know" was released alongside a music video as the first promotional single from Planet Her on June 11, 2021.[132][133] Doja Cat wrote that it was released in anticipation of the "more important" second single,[134] which was confirmed to be "You Right" with Canadian singer The Weeknd.[135] Doja Cat officially announced the release of Planet Her and revealed its tracklist and album art via social media a few hours before the release of "Need to Know".[136] The album was released to generally positive reviews,[137] and opened at number two on the Billboard 200 where it remained for another two weeks, becoming the first album to spend its first three weeks at number two on the chart since The Pinkprint (2014) by Nicki Minaj in January 2015.[138] Elsewhere, it topped the charts in New Zealand,[139] and landed in the top 5 in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Norway and Ireland.[140][141] Doja Cat guest starred as the temporary romantic interest of American rapper and comedian Lil Dicky in season 2 of the TV series Dave, which premiered on June 16, 2021.[142] On September 10, she was announced as a Pepsi ambassador and starred in an advertisement in which she performs a modern reenactment of the song "You're the One That I Want" from the musical film Grease, as part of a campaign celebrating the launch of the Pepsi-Cola Soda Shop.[143] Her first-ever gig as a television presenter,[144] Doja Cat hosted the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony,[145] where she also performed the songs "Been Like This" and "You Right".[146] She won the awards for Best Collaboration (shared with SZA for "Kiss Me More") and Best Art Direction (shared with Saweetie for "Best Friend"), among nominations for Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Best Visual Effects.[147] It is the first time in history where a nominee in the Video of the Year category hosted the ceremony in that same year.[148] Doja Cat was praised for her presenting abilities, with Pitchfork noting that she "reinvent[ed] award-show hosting".[149]

Doja Cat was featured on the song "Scoop" from Lil Nas X's debut studio album Montero, which was released on September 17.[150] She spent the following weeks performing sets across festivals such as Made in America Festival in Philadelphia,[151] Global Citizen Festival,[152] and Balmain Music Festival in Paris,[153] and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the latter of which received rave reviews[154][155] from critics and posted the largest crowd of the event with 70 thousand viewers.[156] Doja Cat featured on the song "Icy Hot" from Punk (2021), the second studio album by American rapper Young Thug, released on October 15.[157] That same month, she reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Songwriters chart for the first time in her career,[158] and also became the first-ever rapper to place three top 10 songs on the US Top 40 radio chart, with "You Right", "Need to Know" and "Kiss Me More".[159] She featured alongside Saweetie on French Montana's song "Handstand" from his forth studio album They Got Amnesia (2021).[160] Doja Cat is nominated for eight awards at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year (Planet Her and Montero), Record of the Year ("Kiss Me More"), Song of the Year ("Kiss Me More"), Best Pop Vocal Album (Planet Her), Best Pop Duo Performance ("Kiss Me More"), Best Rap Song ("Best Friend") and Best Melodic Rap Performance ("Need to Know").[161] The music video for Planet Her's fourth single, "Woman", will be released on December 3.[162] According to Billboard, Doja Cat closed 2021 as the bestselling female R&B and hip-hop artist in the US,[163] and the forth bestselling female artist overall,[164] additionally placing six songs on the year-end Hot 100.[165] Planet Her was also the fifth most streamed album globally on Spotify in 2021.[166]



Doja Cat cites Nicki Minaj,[167][168][169] Rihanna,[3][14][168] Beyoncé,[170][168] D'Angelo,[3] Missy Elliott,[171] Janet Jackson,[168] and Prince,[168] among her biggest musical influences. She also draws inspiration from her background engaging in online activities and delving into sub-cultures as a suburban teenager,[32] as well as the artists her mother exposed to her as a child such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Tupac, Aaliyah, DMX, India Arie and TLC.[54][14][36] Doja Cat has cited the Hindu culture of her childhood as well as Japanese culture as inspiration for Purrr! (2014) and other aspects of her early career.[172][173] She has described her music as "a sponge soaking up water", stating: "I really pull from everyone. I'm absorbent ... if I hear a beat Busta Rhymes would absolutely kill, I'll use my voice to do a flow similar to his."[54]

On the song "Get Into It (Yuh)" from her third studio album, Planet Her (2021), Doja Cat pays tribute to Minaj and borrows lyrics and rap delivery from her debut 2010 single "Massive Attack".[174][175] Critics noted that the album as whole was largely influenced by Minaj herself,[176][177] with The New Yorker noting that she "build[s] upon the pop-rap legacy established by her predecessor Nicki Minaj",[178] and Consequence highlighting that on "Get Into It (Yuh)" she "thanks Minaj directly for paving the way for her polished pop-rap career."[179] XXL writer Stacy-Ann Ellis noticed Minaj and Doja Cat's "similar cartoonish rap deliveries and whimsical sartorial selects" on the latter's earlier repertoire.[180]

Musical style and themes

When asked about her legacy, she revealed that in future she would like to be remembered for her versatility in not only music but also visual art and dance.[25] Her second full-length studio album, Hot Pink, is built with her own beats as well as a series of videos written and conceived by herself.[32] Doja called Hot Pink a firm restart for her career, and the most "refined, chiseled" representation of herself. Her escapist fantasy worldview is reflected in the music by its upbeat production style.[32] The record was inspired by some drastic lifestyle changes including an "illuminating" acid trip which made her quit smoking cigarettes and marajuana.[32]

Personal life

Doja Cat is relatively closemouthed about aspects regarding her personal life, noting in September 2021 that the general public should "not ... expect to hear who she's dating until they're married".[181] She has not yet formally come out or made a definitive statement about her sexual orientation,[182] but has stated that she "like[s] both. I like dicks and I also like, um, I like people that I can have sex with. You can kind of have sex with anybody, right?"[183][184] She has also alluded to her queer sexuality in the song "Naked" on which she raps that she "like[s] bananas and peaches".[185] In August 2019, she began dating indie pop musician Jawny, although the pair split up in February 2020.[186][187] In July 2021, Doja Cat went out on a date in Los Angeles with British singer and rapper Bree Runway and tweeted "I have a girlfriend and I'm going public",[188] yet it is not fully confirmed whether or not this statement was made in jest.[182][189]

In June 2020, Doja Cat donated $100,000 to the Justice For Breonna Taylor Fund, in support of Taylor's family.[190]

In early 2021, Doja Cat bought a home in Beverly Hills, California, for $2.2 million.[191]

Public image

Doja Cat has been noted for being versatile in her music.[192][37][193][194][195][196][197] Often described as eccentric,[181][198][14] she is known for her absurdly humorous personality and posts on social media platforms.[6][7][9][32][199][200] Bryan Rolli of Forbes wrote that "Doja Cat's aloof, irreverent, chronically online persona masks a tireless work ethic; she sings better, raps faster and dances harder than many of her peers, all at once."[155] In an article for Okayplayer, Robyn Mowatt noted that "as a singer, rapper, songwriter, and entertainer Doja has led her fans on a rambunctious journey equipped with snappy lyrics, live video streams, outlandish outfits, and memorable viral moments. It's not just the music that gets her fans riled up, it's also her live performances which typically are infused with a touch of eccentricity."[201]


In 2018, Doja Cat sparked controversy on social media when her Twitter history revealed the usage of the word "faggot".[202] In a tweet from 2015, she used the word to describe hip hop artists Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.[203] Doja Cat initially defended her past remarks.[204] She stated, "I called a couple people faggots when I was in high school in 2015 does this mean I don't deserve support? I've said faggot roughly like 15 thousand times in my life. Does saying faggot mean you hate gay people? I don't think I hate gay people. Gay is ok."[204] Later that day, Doja Cat issued a series of apologies for her words and has since deleted her tweets.[204] As a result of the controversy, Doja Cat was declared the Milkshake Duck of 2018 by NME.[202]

In March 2020, Doja Cat received backlash after saying on Instagram live that COVID-19 was "only a flu" and that she was not scared of it.[205][206] Later that October, Doja Cat was criticized for participating in Kendall Jenner's Halloween and birthday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.[207]

In May 2020, a 2015 song by Doja Cat titled "Dindu Nuffin" resurfaced.[208] "Dindu Nuffin" is an alt-right term used to ridicule African-American victims of police brutality who claim they are innocent.[208][209] After apologizing, Doja Cat said that although the song was intended to flip the term's meaning, it was a "bad decision".[210] Doja Cat denied that the song was a response to the death of Sandra Bland, calling the allegation "one of the most awful rumors that I've ever encountered."[211][212][170] She took to Instagram to address multiple accusations and past actions after footage began circulating of her on Tinychat in a chat room saying "nigger" to members of the alt-right/incel community.[170][198] She apologized to those offended and said she should not have been on certain chat room sites, although she maintained that she had never been involved in any racist conversations.[170][210][213] Frequent users of the chat room later came forth and revealed that the nature of the chatroom was not specifically racist, also saying that Doja Cat never said anything discriminatory in her conversations.[214]

Doja Cat's 2020 performance of "Say So" at the MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony was criticized when some viewers noted that the guitar solo in the performance was identical to the one in Plini's 2016 song "Handmade Cities".[215][216] The next month Plini reported that Doja Cat left him an apologetic message through social media.[217][218][219]




Year Title Role Notes
2019 Late Night with Seth Meyers Herself Guest performer
2019–2020 Wild 'n Out Guest star
2020 The Late Late Show with James Corden Guest performer
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2 episodes; guest performer
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Performed with Ozuna
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Performed "Say So" and "Like That"
2021 Dave Guest appearance
2021 MTV Video Music Awards Host

Awards and nominations

Organization Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
American Music Awards 2020 New Artist of the Year Herself Won [102]
Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Hot Pink Nominated
Video of the Year "Say So" Nominated
2021 Collaboration of the Year "Kiss Me More" (ft. SZA) Won [220]
Favorite Pop/Rock Song Nominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Herself Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Album Planet Her Won
ARIA Music Awards 2021 Best International Artist Pending [221]
BET Awards 2020 Video of the Year "Say So" Nominated [85]
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Herself Nominated
2021 Nominated [222]
BET Hip Hop Awards 2021 Best Hip Hop Video "Best Friend" (with Saweetie) Nominated [223]
Best Live Performer Herself Nominated
Billboard Music Awards 2020 Top R&B Song "Juicy" (with Tyga) Nominated [91]
2021 Top New Artist Herself Nominated [224]
Top R&B Artist Nominated
Top R&B Female Artist Won
Top R&B Album Hot Pink Nominated
Top R&B Song "Say So" Nominated
BMI Pop Awards 2021 Award-Winning Songs Won [225]
"Like That" Won
BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards 2021 Song of the Year "Say So" Won [226]
Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won
"Like That" Won
GAFFA Awards (Denmark) 2021 Best International New Act Herself Won [227]
International Solo Artist of the Year Nominated [228]
International Album of the Year Hot Pink Nominated
International Song of the Year "Say So" Nominated
Grammy Awards 2021 Best New Artist Herself Nominated [117]
Best Pop Solo Performance "Say So" Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
2022 "Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) Pending [161]
Song of The Year Pending
Best Pop Duo/Performance Pending
Album of The Year Montero (as a featured artist) Pending
Planet Her (Deluxe) Pending
Best Pop Vocal Album Pending
Best Melodic Rap Performance "Need to Know" Pending
Best Rap Song "Best Friend" (with Saweetie) Pending
iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021 Best New Pop Artist Herself Won [229]
Favorite Music Video Choreography "Say So" Nominated
TikTok Bop of the Year Nominated
Latin American Music Awards 2021 Favorite Video "Del Mar" (with Ozuna and Sia) Nominated [230]
LOS40 Music Awards 2020 Best International New Act Herself Nominated [231]
2021 Best International Act Nominated [232]
MOBO Awards 2021 Best International Act Pending [233]
MTV Millennial Awards 2021 Global Hit of the Year "Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) Nominated [234]
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil 2020 Global Hit "Say So" (featuring Nicki Minaj) Nominated [235]
International Collaboration Nominated
2021 "Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) Nominated [236]
MTV Europe Music Awards 2020 Best Push Act Herself Nominated [99]
Best New Act Won
2021 Best Artist Nominated [237]
Best US Act Nominated
Best Pop Nominated
Best Song "Kiss Me More" featuring SZA Nominated
Best Video Nominated
Best Collaboration Won
MTV Video Music Awards 2020 Push Best New Artist Herself Won [88]
Song of the Year "Say So" Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Song of Summer Nominated
2021 Video of the Year "Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) Nominated [147]
Best Collaboration Won
Best Art Direction "Best Friend" (with Saweetie) Won
Best Visual Effects "You Right" (with The Weeknd) Nominated
Artist of the Year Herself Nominated
Song of Summer "Need to Know" Nominated [238]
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2020 Best New International Artist Video "Say So" Won [239]
MTV Video Play Awards 2020 Top 10 Music Videos Won [240]
NAACP Image Awards 2021 Outstanding New Artist Herself Won [241]
NRJ Music Awards 2020 Video of the Year "Say So" Nominated [242]
Best New International Artist Herself Won
2021 International Female Artist of the Year Nominated [243]
People's Choice Awards 2020 Best New Artist of 2020 Won [100]
Soundtrack Song of 2020 "Boss Bitch" Nominated
2021 The Female Artist of 2021 Herself Pending [244]
The Album of 2021 Planet Her Pending
The Collaboration Song of 2021 "Best Friend" (with Saweetie) Pending
"Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) Pending
"You Right" (with The Weeknd) Pending
Soul Train Music Awards 2021 Album of the Year Planet Her Nominated [245]
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist Herself Nominated
Best Collaboration “Kiss Me More” (ft. SZA) Nominated
TEC Awards 2021 Outstanding Creative Achievement – Record Production/Album Hot Pink Nominated [246]
UK Music Video Awards 2021 Best R&B/Soul Video – International "Streets" Nominated [247]
Urban Music Awards 2021 Artist of the Year (USA) Herself Pending [248]
Best Collaboration "Kiss Me More" (featuring SZA) Pending




See also


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