Saweetie to Receive Elk Grove Key to the City

Press Release

Press Release - Hip Hop Artist, Saweetie, to Receive Elk Grove Key to the City September 8

Posted: 08/31/2018

Ceremony and Performance Planned for City’s Teen Festival

Image of SaweetieElk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and the Elk Grove City Council will present breakout Hip Hop artist and Elk Grove graduate Diamonté Harper, known professionally as Saweetie, with a Key to the City on September 8 in Elk Grove.

A presentation ceremony will be held as part of the City’s third annual Party on the Palms Teen Fest at 7 pm at Elk Grove City Hall (8401 Laguna Palms Way). Students at the festival will be treated to a short performance followed by an autograph signing session immediately following the ceremony.

Harper was born on July 2, 1993 and began writing music at age 14. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but relocated to Elk Grove in 2007 and graduated from Monterey Trail High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District in 2011. She attended San Diego State University before transferring to University of Southern California where she studied communications and business. Ms. Harper started posting short raps on Instagram in 2016 and quickly gained a large following. In February 2018, she was signed to Warner Bros. Records in partnership with Artistry Worldwide and her own label, Icy Records. Saweetie released her major label debut, High Maintenance, in March 2018. Her debut single titled “Icy Grl” was watched 3.5 million times on YouTube in three weeks – now over 41 million views – and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Saweetie can be heard on hip hop radio stations nationwide, including local stations like KSFM 102.5 and Hot 103.5.

“We’re pleased to welcome Ms. Harper back to the City and join her in celebrating her success in the music industry,” said Mayor Steve Ly. “No matter where her career takes her, the door is always open to her in Elk Grove.”

Ms. Harper is the first musical artist to receive an Elk Grove Key to the City. Elk Grove’s Key to the City program was established in 2013 as a symbolic gesture of appreciation and welcome to residents, dignitaries and celebrities visiting the City. Previous recipients include NASCAR’s Kyle Larson and former Chicago Bears linebacker, Lance Briggs, among others.

I’m honored to have been chosen to receive the Key to The City,” said Ms. Harper. “Living in Elk Grove as a teenager really shaped me. I look forward to giving back to the community and shining a light on the amazing home-grown talent through my music label Icy, and academic scholarships through my Icy Grl Foundation.”

This Key to the City presentation is included in the City’s 3rd annual Party on the Palms Teen Fest, a free event presented in partnership with the Elk Grove Youth Commission, exclusively for students ages 13-18. Guests must present a valid student ID for entry into this gated event. Activities include a foam party, social media lounge, video gaming truck, mobile teen center, foosball, corn-hole, and ping-pong games.

For more information about the City’s Key to the City program or Party on the Palms Teen Fest, visit

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