- NAME: Janelle Monáe
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 01, 1985 (Age: 28)
- Did You Know?: George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson were such big fans of Janelle Monáe that they flew her out to sing at their wedding in 2013.
- EDUCATION: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, F.L. Schlagle High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Kansas City, Kansas
- Full Name: Janelle Monáe Robinson
- AKA: Janelle Monáe
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Singer Janelle Monáe became an R&B sensation in with the release of her futuristic albums The ArchAndroid and The Electric Lady.
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In 2013, Monáe released her second album, The Electric Lady, which also received rave reviews. The album stays consistent with the theme of her debut, taking listeners on a musical journey alongside Cindi Mayweather. The album, which featured appearances by fellow respected R&B artists such as Miguel, Solange,
Prince and Erykah Badu, did better than its popular predecessor, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. Monáe also gained recognition at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, having been given Billboard's Rising Star Award. She also made her debut as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 2013, alongside host Edward Norton.
Perhaps what most distinguishes Monáe from other young stars is her commitment to creating challenging music. "I feel like I do have a responsibility to the community," Monáe said. "The music that we create is to help free their minds and, whenever they feel oppressed, to keep them uplifted. We want the music and the vision that we have to be their choice of drug, if you will. So we need a manifesto. If we want to stay on message, we have to believe in what we're fighting for, and we do."
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