Women Behind the Music

ASCAP Announces Honorees for 2019 Women Behind the Music Event

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the honorees for its upcoming 11th annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music event, slated for Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. This year, ASCAP will recognize artist/songwriter Victoria Monét (Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown), Roc Nation Co-President Shari Byrant and Capitol Records Vice President of Artist Relations Britney Davis as major forces in the industry who continue to make an impact on entertainment culture.

Presented by the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Department, ASCAP Women Behind the Music was established to recognize and encourage women in the music community and honors not only songwriters and artists but also female executives in all facets of the entertainment business including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.

Victoria Monét is a recording artist, songwriter, vocal producer and performer from Sacramento, CA. Monét studied under Grammy-winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels (Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World”). She has vocal-produced, written for and been featured on songs with GOOD Music, Normani, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, T.I., Nas, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix and more. She recently earned her first #1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, co-penning “thank u, next” and “7 rings,” leading to back-to-back #1 records (and the first of Grande’s career) within three months of each other. Monét has written over 30 songs in Grande’s discography, including half of the thank u, next album. She currently has 180 million combined lifetime streams and over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Monét is now gearing up to release her new project.

Shari Bryant is currently the Co-President of the Roc Nation Label. Bryant began her career in the early ‘00s as an intern and later a product manager working on records like Nas's Hip Hop Is Dead and JAY-Z's The Black Album at Roc-A-Fella records, the boutique label co-founded by Damon Dash and JAY-Z. She went on to more success in roles at Def Jam (Product Manager), Atlantic Records (Vice President of Marketing) and Warner Bros. Records (Sr. Vice President), and she served as the General Manager/Partner at Alamo Records. At Roc Nation—which also houses artist management, music publishing, touring and film and TV divisions—Bryant's priorities are boosting the music label's talent roster as well as developing new opportunities for current artists. She also founded the company PinkestLuv, which is dedicated to helping young women live up to their “pinktential.”

Britney Davis is currently the Vice President of Artist Relations, Marketing & Special Projects for Capitol Music Group (CMG). She leads marketing, development and artist relations efforts on a broad array of CMG artists, particularly those associated with Motown Records and Quality Control Music, including Lil Baby, City Girls and Queen Naija. Prior to joining CMG in 2018, Davis spent seven years at Phase Too Inc. where she handled management, marketing and A&R duties for the company’s roster. Davis worked as day-to-day management for artist Chris Brown, while working alongside him and Phase Too founder Tina Davis to develop CBE Records and overseeing the songwriting and artist development for Sevyn Streeter, Kevin McCall and Joelle James. She worked closely on Brown’s album F.A.M.E and helped the client roster garner placements for artists such as Ariana Grande, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas, Alicia Keys, Furious 7 and more.