New Zealand singer and songwriter, Stella Rose Bennett, better known as Benee (stylised as BENEE) and formerly Bene, has released her new single, “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
Born 30 January 2000, Stella won Single of the Year, Best Solo Artist and Best Pop Artist at the New Zealand Music Awards in both 2019 and 2020 consecutively.
Benee initially gained local prominence with her singles “Glitter” and “Soaked”, before her 2019 single “Supalonely” saw international popularity following its success on the video-sharing platform TikTok. Benee subsequently released her debut album, Hey U X, in November 2020.
Benee’s first headlining North American tour with support from American singer Remi Wolf was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June 2020, the song “Supalonely” clocked over 250 million streams before Benee made her television debut performing it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Gus Dapperton.
In late October 2020, Benee released the single “Plain” featuring Lily Allen and Flo Milli, shortly before she was announced as the winner of the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award for the song “Glitter”.
Bennett also won Best New Zealand Act at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards, where she was also nominated for Best New Act and Best Push Act.
On 13 November 2020, Hey U X was released, as was a music video for “Kool”, which served as its fourth single. She subsequently won Single of the Year (for “Supalonely”), Best Solo Artist and Best Pop Artist for the second consecutive year at the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards.
BENEE announced and then rescheduled a regional tour in Aotearoa aka New Zealand in 2021 to 2022.