Honey G looks set for a bright future, despite the fact that she has been voted off X Factor. She already has a record deal in the bag.
On Dec. 11, the rapper, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, revealed that she had been offered a deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco label. She added that her first single would be coming out on Dec. 23, just in time for Christmas.
HONEY G OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IM SIGNED BY SYCO, SIMON COWELLS RECORD LABEL pic.twitter.com/2oFWRADPoM
— HONEY G – RAP ARTIST (@The_Honey_G) December 11, 2016
Many fans have reacted to the news with great enthusiasm, tweeting their support and well wishes.
I am 100% here for this babe. I'm gonna buy ten copies and gift them to everyone for Christmas 🙌🙌💜
— Natasha🌹 (@hausofnatasha) December 11, 2016
.@The_Honey_G Can't wait to hear your new album..You're amazing. 🎤💖😎
— STEVE K 🎙️☕❤️ (@stevekonair) December 12, 2016
soooo pleased for you.Mr C knows a good thing, so there ,to the non believers!Tear it up ,smash it out! X
— deborah Dr (@deborahDrBSmith) December 12, 2016
However, not everyone feels Honey G deserves another shot at fame — and think she made a bad move revealing her record deal before an X Factor winner had even been announced.
someone needs to stop you
— ♚ (@hauntedjade) December 11, 2016
Pretty disgusting that you've announced this before either Matt or Saara have won. So disrespectful
— Amy (@amy_lakee) December 11, 2016
you don't deserve it ! Sorry but a lot of incredible singers deserve more to be at your place coz they have a real talent
— jacky (@ninesvt) December 11, 2016
What is it about Honey G that makes her so endearing? And what makes Cowell see the pound signs when he thinks of her, so much so that he’s willing to cut her a record deal? It has to be a culmination of a few things. Firstly, Honey G is different — she brings something to the music scene that we haven’t really seen before.
The rapper already has a celebrity following, with 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg both revealing that they are fans. Plus, she’s controversial (there are so many people who feel her act isn’t genuine), which is what will keep her name in the media. Ultimately, there’s no middle ground when it comes to Honey G, because as the social media reaction to her record deal proves, you either love her, or you really, really hate her, making her one of the most talked-about celebrities of the year.
Aside from these observations, Honey G has also got an interesting backstory. While there’s no rags to riches tale here, the juxtaposition between her persona and her real life is fascinating. Before her stint on X Factor, she was a pretty regular middle-class woman with a master’s degree and her own recruitment firm. According to The Mirror, she also played tennis competitively. So she’s nothing if not interesting, right?
Is Honey G the most talented performer we’ve ever seen? Absolutely not. But is she an entertainer? Most definitely.