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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae


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Birth Name :

Janelle Monae Robinson

Birth Date :

December 01, 1985

Birth Place :

Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Claim to fame :

Single "Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase" (2007)


Janelle Monae was born December 1, 1985 in Kansas City. She's been called "a different kind of diva" by Vogue Magazine and "a true visionary... one of the most important signings of my career" by P. Diddy. Her passion for music dated way back years ago when she was still very young. The fictional character Dorothy from "Wizards of Oz" was one of her early "musical influences."

She nurtured her skills by moving to New York City for a bigger opportunity to study and work on an album. She enrolled at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, attending a Performing Arts School called Freedom Theatre, which is the oldest African-American theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Latest News

NBC Cut Off Janelle Monae's Black Lives Matter Speech on 'Today' Show

August 17, 2015 17:23:50 GMT

was silenced by NBC during her short speech on Black Lives Matter. The singer addressed the deaths of unarmed African American people at the hands of police after she performed her protest song "Hell You Talmbout" on "" show. However, an anchor began speaking and ignored her speech before she could finish.

Michelle Obama, Janelle Monae Talk About Arts Education at Grammy Museum's Luncheon

July 17, 2014 05:48:51 GMT

Michelle Obama discussed arts education as she attended the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on Wednesday, July 16 in Los Angeles. Speaking to the audience, which included , First Lady mentioned the importance of arts education.

Janelle Monae Cancels Australian Tour due to Illness

May 21, 2014 02:42:22 GMT

's tour in Australia has officially been canceled due to an illness. The singer already nixed two concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, scheduled for Saturday, May 17 and Monday, May 19 respectively, before she decided to scrap all the Australian shows.

Janelle Monae and Skrillex to Team Up at Bonnaroo

May 08, 2014 08:26:22 GMT

and are booked for Superjam at Bonnaroo Music Festival. The two artists will take part in the star-studded jam session that will also include Big Gigantic, Robby Krieger of and among others.

M.I.A. and Janelle Monae Perform Together as Holograms

April 05, 2014 01:59:26 GMT

Despite being miles apart, and appeared on the same stages during Audi A3 launch events thanks to the magic of technology. The two singers were turned into holograms so they were able to make cameos at each other's shows that took place in two different locations.

Janelle Monae Performs 'What Is Love' on 'American Idol'

March 28, 2014 07:37:24 GMT

turned the stage of "" into the carnival of Brazil when she delivered the first live TV performance of "What Is Love" during the Thursday, March 27 episode of the singing show. After an introduction from host as well as judges , and , the R&B diva appeared on the stage in all-white outfit.

Anne Hathaway Brightens Up 'Rio 2' Premiere in Miami

March 24, 2014 08:05:49 GMT

"" voice cast members went to Miami this past weekend to celebrate the movie's premiere. was dazzling in a strapless color-block blue-and-orange frock from Roksanda Ilincic's Pre-Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. She paired it with Charlotte Olympia lilac shoes.

Janelle Monae Premieres New Song 'What Is Love' From 'Rio 2'

March 05, 2014 07:37:14 GMT

is among musicians who have made contributions to the soundtrack of "". On Tuesday, March 4, the R&B songstress premiered "What Is Love" which is the song she penned and recorded for the upcoming animated movie.

Robin Thicke and Janelle Monae Among Music Nominees at 2014 NAACP Image Awards

January 10, 2014 04:45:01 GMT

The complete list of nominees for the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards has been revealed. , and are the biggest nominees in music field as they score four nominations each.

'Rio 2' New Clip: Janelle Monae Sings on New Year's Eve

December 27, 2013 03:37:01 GMT

A new clip for "" has arrived, showing a joyful celebration on New Year's Eve. The night sky is lighted up with fireworks and the street is crowded with people, as Blu, Jewel and their friends are partying and dancing to the uplifting track "What Is Love" by .

Janelle Monae Brings 'The Electric Lady' to 'Saturday Night Live'

October 28, 2013 07:14:02 GMT

graced the stage of "" on Saturday, October 26. The 27-year-old singer visited the show to promote "", her second studio album which was released back in September.

Janelle Monae Premieres 'Primetime' Video Featuring Miguel

October 11, 2013 03:38:24 GMT

After wearing her hair down as she performed American Bandstand-style with an all-female backing band in her "Dance Apocalyptic" clip that premiered last July, soul singer puts on her signature up do back for her brand new music video "Primetime". The track, which features R'n'B crooner , is a cut from Monae's album "", coming on the heels of "Dance Apocalyptic" and before that, the -assisted lead single "Q.U.E.E.N."

Artist of the Week: Janelle Monae

September 09, 2013 06:43:12 GMT

is an artist to watch who consistently made critically-acclaimed songs for her records. After the Grammy-nominated "Metropolis: The Chase Suite" in 2007 and "" in 2010, she's back this year ready to win critics' heart again with her new R&B/soul work "".

Goodie Mob Premieres 'Special Education' Video Featuring Janelle Monae

August 16, 2013 07:01:46 GMT

Atlanta-based hip-hop act has just unveiled a music video of their latest single "Special Education" featuring R'n'B/soul singer . The song appears on their forthcoming reunion album "" due on August 27. Green, Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp along with Monae return to school for the setting of their funky collaboration's visuals which celebrates individuality, the subject on which the new song revolves around.

Janelle Monae Premieres 'Dance Apocalyptic' Music Video

July 03, 2013 03:01:39 GMT

Exactly as announced, R'n'B songstress unveiled the music video for her newly released track "Dance Apocalyptic", the official second single off her forthcoming sophomore studio album "", on June 2. Just a few days ago, the 27-year-old songbird released a 28-second preview of the track's video along with the full audio track.

Janelle Monae Sets 'The Electric Lady' Release Date, Debuts 'Dance Apocalyptic'

June 29, 2013 02:44:25 GMT

As she gears up for a live performance at the 2013 BET Awards on June 30, R'n'B songstress announced the September 10 release date of her sophomore studio album "". The 27-year-old songbird's forthcoming LP features the songs "Q.U.E.E.N", her collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning , as well as the just released "Dance Apocalyptic".

Janelle Monae's 'The Electric Lady' to Feature Prince and Miguel

June 08, 2013 02:23:08 GMT

is not the only musician who is included in 's upcoming album, "". The cover of this week's Billboard told the magazine that the follow-up to her 2010 "" would also feature guest appearance from and .

Goodie Mob Debuts 'Special Education' Featuring Janelle Monae

May 22, 2013 05:22:13 GMT

Just a day after Green announced that his Atlanta-based hip-hop act has a new album arriving on August 27, comes their new single "Special Education". Debuting on Tuesday, May 21, the single features R'n'B/soul singer , with the 27-year-old songbird lending her vocals on the hook of the quartet's new track.

Janelle Monae Premieres 'Q.U.E.E.N.' Music Video Featuring Erykah Badu

May 02, 2013 08:53:21 GMT

A week after releasing her new single "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring Grammy Award-winning collaborator , R'n'B/soul singer/songwriter and record producer premieres its funky music video. The new clip is for the 27-year-old songbird's lead single for her forthcoming sophomore album entitled "".

Video Premiere: Big Boi's 'Be Still' Ft. Janelle Monae

April 23, 2011 04:34:12 GMT

has just made public a music video for his latest single "Be Still". In this newly-released video, the takes over the city, taking a stroll around the town and stopping by for a jam session with his featured guest on one of the cityscapes' rooftop.

Cee-Lo and Janelle Monae Are Serial Killers in 'Bodies' Video

February 16, 2011 08:48:30 GMT

From wooing the ladies, Green now turns into a serial killer in a newly-debuted music video for his latest single "Bodies". He says, "My name is not important, and I'm often asked, what do I do for a living? I answer, I do what I want. Spontaneity is the spice of life and I've indulged quite a bit, but I'm not above the law and I'm certainly not lawless. But when it comes to ladies...I have a license, to kill."

'American Idol' Season 10 Admitted 51 From New Jersey

January 20, 2011 04:47:03 GMT

The new version of "" officially kicked off on Wednesday, January 19 with struggling to say no and dropping his first mean comment. Since the judges line-up was changed, the attention is divided between the judges and the contestants. Lopez and Tyler did bring a new color to the competition, not as tough as but not as lenient as either.

B.o.B, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars Up for 2011 Grammy Performers

January 20, 2011 04:10:40 GMT

Three more names, who all are multiple nominees, have been added to the list of possible Grammy musical guests. According to Rolling Stone insider, , and are other performers secured by NARAS for the February 13 live ceremony.

Amy Winehouse to Make Music Comeback With Janelle Monae

November 18, 2010 07:48:35 GMT

will hit the road with in Brazil next year as the British singer makes her official comeback. The "Rehab" star is set to perform four live shows in South America, including three dates as part of the touring Summer Soul Festival between January 8 and January 15 - and quirky soul star Monae will join her.

Janelle Monae Debuts Music Video for 'Cold War'

August 05, 2010 08:07:35 GMT

has unveiled a music video to promote "Cold War", the latest single from her debut album "". Making its way out via Pitchfork, the video directed by Wendy Morgan puts the focus on her close-up performance.

Lady GaGa Leads 2010 MTV VMAs Nominations List With 13 Nods

August 04, 2010 02:26:57 GMT

dominates this year's nominations list of 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The "Poker Face" hitmaker is vying in 13 categories, including the top honor Video of the Year. This makes her break the MTV record by becoming the singer with the most nominations in a single year.

Janelle Monae's 'Tightrope' Video Ft. B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco

July 02, 2010 06:11:56 GMT

debuts music video for an official remix of her single "Tightrope". She keeps it simple in this black-and-white clip, dancing along with her two featured guests and .

Second Wave of 2010 Teen Choice Awards Nominees in Music

June 29, 2010 03:01:47 GMT

The second wave of 2010 Teen Choice Awards nominees has arrived. In music field, and lead with four nods each, while the likes of , , , and follow with three each.

Janelle Monae to Receive ASCAP Honor

June 09, 2010 04:47:00 GMT

Singer/songwriter is to become the latest star honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher when she lands the Vanguard Award at the upcoming Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

Preview of Janelle Monae's 'Tightrope' Video Ft. B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco

June 08, 2010 08:19:18 GMT

A behind-the-scene footage taken from the video shoot of 's "Tightrope" remix is unveiled. It features Janelle filming a dancing scene with as well as and sharing lots of laugh with the two rappers.

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