This year’s BET Awards saw singer-songwriter Muni Long burst out as the night’s biggest star, and she is still riding that high.
One of the main attractions of Sunday night’s event was the R&B artist taking the stage to perform her number-one single “Hrs and Hrs.” Long, 33, now acknowledges that she didn’t see the performance in person.
In the most recent episode of the PEOPLE Everyday podcast, she adds, “I still haven’t seen the performance again because when you have on those in-ears, you can’t hear anything; it’s just utter silence except than the melody in your voice.” My crew reported to me that everyone was singing along with you and chanting the words.
She continues, “I genuinely want to see what that sounded like, but I had such a nice experience and a beautiful recollection of that night that I’m afraid to taint that.” “I don’t want to watch what truly happened because that would destroy it.”
Long acknowledges that she had seen it “on mute,” and that is plenty for her. The song “Hrs and Hrs” went popular on TikTok in late 2021 and has since become one of the year’s unavoidable anthems. Long also discusses how bringing her abilities to a significant award presentation was a “big thing,” even though she is “still coming to grips” with the success of the single.
She reflects on this most recent professional high point, which honored seasoned performer and actress Lola Falana, saying, “I grew up watching BET, especially the BET Awards, so to be like included, to be nominated, to be performing… I already won.”
Long wanted to give the song, which has been loved by millions thanks to social media, a fresh perspective. It’s amusing how the internet and the power of collective bargaining have led to several interpretations of the song.
Long, who has been in the business for about 20 years, acknowledges that it has been a difficult journey to reach where she is. YouTube helped her land her first big record deal when she was just a teenager. The discouraging encounter, which inspired her to try her hand at songwriting in place, caused her to declare, “It was just my first taste of the industry.”
The Florida native’s decision to change directions in his or her career paid off, as he went on to write hits for artists like Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Madonna. She was even nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for her work on the album Back of My Mind by H.E.R.
She admits that she stopped performing after roughly ten years because she “had had enough.” “Yeah, this isn’t satisfying me, I simply think. We had no idea what we were doing when my husband and I decided to create a label. We simply knew that something would ultimately function.”
With the help of her solo work, Long was able to sign a new recording contract with Def Jam Recordings and release her successful EP, Public Displays of Affection. She claims, “One of the songs went viral, and suddenly, bang, here we are.
Even though she frequently sings about love, especially now that she and her husband Masimba Chibanda have just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary, Long wants her music to convey the message that “you really can be and do whatever you want.”
I just decided I’m going to do it and be myself after actually waiting, praying, and yearning for someone to come save me.
Long has no intention of altering her “genuine and sincere” approach to songwriting, which she believes has won the approval of listeners.
She claims that she is “simply being herself out loud and it’s working.” “What most people fail to comprehend is that there are billions of people in the globe, and at least a few million of them will be very much like you in terms of their goals, objectives, and worldviews. Therefore, all you need to do is be authentic, and those individuals will discover you.”
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