Janelle Monáe
American musician
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe is an American R&B/soul musician signed to Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records. Monáe debuted with a conceptual EP, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). The EP failed to make much of a commercial impact, peaking at #115 on the Billboard charts in the United States. In 2010, Janelle Monáe released her debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released by Bad Boy Records.
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Simon Helberg Arrives At Screen Actors Guild Awards With 'Refugees Welcome' Sign
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The red carpet at Sunday’s SAG Awards was surprisingly tame given the weekend’s political turbulence. Janelle Monáe spoke eloquently of the inclusive stories told in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” Natalie Portman noted her familiarity with the national unrest depicted in “Jackie,” and Taraji P. Henson mentioned the need for “unity.” But Simon Helberg and his wife, actress Jocelyn Towne, took on President Donald Trump’s immigration barricade head-on. Helberg, a nominee for “The Big Bang Theory,” carried a sign that read “REFUGEES WELCOME,” while Towne had the words “LET THEM IN” scrawled across her chest. Both are references to Trump’s executive order blocking refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War.  Helberg and Towne join a chorus of celebrities who have spoken out against Trump’s anti-immigration actions over the past 48 hours.  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('obj ...
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Natalie Portman Channels Demi Moore's Famous Pregnancy Photo For The New Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair released the cover of its Hollywood Issue on Thursday, and at least one of the images inside the mag will look pretty familiar. Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Janelle Monae, Greta Gerwig and Dakota Johnson star on the cover shot by ― who else? ― Annie Leibovitz.  The group of “wonder women” is pictured in a bevy of red carpet-worthy gowns in metallic and pink hues. Inside the magazine, a pregnant Natalie Portman posed for a truly breathtaking image in little more than a sheet. It’s a clear nod to the iconic 1991 photograph of naked and pregnant Demi Moore, famously shot by Leibovitz for that year’s August issue of Vanity Fair. As noted by Vanity Fair itself, while “the reference is clear, the moment is Portman’s alone.” Indeed. Head to Vanity Fair to see more gorgeous images from the shoot and be sure to pick up your own copy when it hits newsstands Feb. 7. -- This feed an ...
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White Women, You Can Do Better
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On Thursday night, I traveled from New York City to Washington, D.C. to attend the Women’s March on Washington. It was a decision rooted in my desire to be around people combining forces to speak out about their rights in a way that could not be ignored. When I arrived at Union Station, I was “greeted” by hundreds of men wearing tuxes and bright red Make America Great Again hats. I felt anxious. Unwelcomed. For a second, I wondered if these men outnumbered the amount of people at the station who were attending the march. When the day of the Women’s March came, I was happy to know attendees outnumbered the small amount of people who went to Trump’s inauguration. The metro was so crowded we could barely fit inside. The energy was a stark contrast to the day before. People were smiling, chanting, and complimenting each other’s signs. By the time we gathered at Independence Ave & 4th St, the mood changed. Instead of focusing on the togetherness, people were pushing each other to t ...
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The Best Hair Tips You Can Steal From Celebrity Stylists
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For Glamour, by Deanna Pai. It’s awards season again. And while La La Land was good and all (or so we’re guessing from those seven Golden Globe wins), we’re also here for the celebrity hairstyles. So far, this year has delivered. Forget the sleek, simple style of years past (or, you know, 2016). With two shows on the circuit now checked off, we’ve already seen a mixed bag of really cool looks. Example A: At the 2017 Golden Globes, Gal Gadot opted for a twisted ponytail, while Reese Witherspoon went with a modern chignon — which is wild, since she tends to play it safe on the red carpet. Example B: Blake Lively’s waves at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards (and, OK, really anywhere.) The brains behind all these looks? The stylists, of course, since it takes more than a pair of scissors to make hair red-carpet-worthy. That’s why this awards season we’re asking top celebrity hairstylists to tell us their go-to red-carpet tricks that don’t require a master’s in glam-squad-ography. ...
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With 'Pussyhats,' Liberals Get Their Own Version Of The Red Trucker Hat - NPR
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NPR With 'Pussyhats,' Liberals Get Their Own Version Of The Red Trucker Hat NPR Donald Trump took the oath of office on Friday before a crowd speckled with red, many of them wearing the campaign's famous "Make America Great Again" hats. Saturday's Women's March on Washington in downtown D.C. drew a crowd with vastly different ... Scarlett Johansson, Janelle Monáe, and More Stars Call for Action at the Women's March on WashingtonVanity Fair Massive Women's March on Washington Gives Voice to Roar of 'Resistance'Variety Politicians, Activists Rally Crowd at Women's March in WashingtonABC News Deseret News -SFGate -Washington Times -Salt Lake Tribune all 526 news articles »
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Janelle Monáe Shares Powerful Moment With Mothers Of The Movement
Huffington Post - 30 days
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Janelle Monáe is ready to fem the future, and the Mothers of the Movement are joining her.  During Saturday’s Women’s March demonstration in Washington, DC, actress and singer Monae delivered warned the new presidential administration to respect women and “get off our areolas and get off our vaginas.” “It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” Monáe said. “It was woman that gave you Malcolm X.  And according to the bible, it was a woman ...
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Janelle Monae, Maxwell to Perform at Women’s March on Washington
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The march will take place the day after the inauguration.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
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A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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Janelle Monáe’s NASA-themed photoshoot shows her blossoming into a space queen
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With all the ruckus going on in our political sphere, you may not have gotten the memo that we have a new…
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Kim Burrell Reminds Us How The Black Church Uses, Abuses Gay Christians
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One of black gospel’s darling and Pentecostal preacher Kim Burrell was ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sending shock waves throughout the African American community. Burrell and with Pharrell Williams were invited to promote their duet “I See Victory” from the soundtrack of the film “Hidden Figures.” However, Burrell’s homophobic homily about the “perverted homosexual spirit” has created a tsunami of tweets and comments on social media publicly denouncing her vitriol by a younger generation of African Americans entertainers ―  both LGBTQ and straight ― not seen in previous years.   Gospel music undeniably has a queerness at its roots that has not only shaped the genre, but has continued to give it its enduring vibrancy. Rhythm & Soul Music awardee Janelle Monáe stars in the film and R&B and Hip-Hop songwriter Frank Ocean, who is openly queer, have had visceral reactions to Burrell’s rant. Ocean’s mother wants Burrell removed from her son’s 20 ...
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Eva Mendes Shows Ryan Gosling Some Love After Sweet Golden Globes Speech
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Eva Mendes might have skipped the 2017 Golden Globes, but her presence was certainly felt during Ryan Gosling’s touching acceptance speech. The “La La Land” actor, who picked up his first Golden Globe on Sunday, declared his love for his “lady” at the awards ceremony. Now, Mendes, who typically shies away from publicly discussing her relationship with Gosling, has addressed the buzzy Globes moment in a short and sweet Instagram post.  On Monday, the actress shared a photo of Janelle Monae’s out-of-this-world look on the red carpet, subtly saving her appreciation for Gosling in the caption.  “Obviously this wasn’t my favorite moment of the night,” she began. “But it was definitely my favorite style moment of the night. The stunning and talented [Monae] is killing me with this look,” Mendes continued. Obviously this wasn't my favorite moment of the night....But it was definitely my favorite style moment of the night. The stunning and talented @janellemonae i ...
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Janelle Monae Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Hate: ‘We All Bleed the Same Color’
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At Sunday night’s Golden Globes, actress and singer Janelle Monae spoke out about the recent controversy surrounding gospel singer Kim Burrell’s anti-gay comments. Burrell, who is featured on the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack, was initially scheduled to appear on “Ellen” in early January but was cut following her homophobic rant. Her comments also led to the cancellation of her radio show. When a reporter asked Monae, who stars in the film, about the events, she responded: “I’m pro-love.” “I’ve been very supportive of love and at the end of the day I think that no matter where you come from and who you love you deserve to have a right to the American dream and to also have your story told. And so I’m so thankful to be part of this true American story ― to be part of a cast and a director who is pro-inclusion. And I just thunk that anybody who is representing hate is a part of the problem. I hope that we can learn from each other and be more empathetic of one an ...
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Hidden Figures Movie Exposes A New Real Figure
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When I saw Hidden Figures, two thoughts entered my mind. I experienced gratitude, and I felt shock. To further explain, Hidden Figures is receiving many stellar as well as controversial reviews. From its Oscar talk to its soundtrack discussions, Hidden Figures is a movie that is stirring up major conversations in the entertainment and science worlds. And it is a film that I personally felt compelled to review. For I am a real life "hidden figure." I am a real female rocket scientist of color. While watching the film, I was simultaneously inspired and surprised by what I relived through its scenes. Hidden Figures Movie starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Theodore Melf and Allison Schroeder, the Hidden Figures film depicts the real life struggles of three genius women Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe), who ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Janelle Monáe
  • 2016
    Age 30
    By March 15, 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama proclaimed that she had assembled a collaborative track featuring vocals from Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya and Missy Elliott, alongside production credit from pop songwriter Diane Warren and Elliott, titled "This Is for My Girls".
    More Details Hide Details The iTunes-exclusive record will be used to both coincide with Obama's Texan SXSW speech and to promote the First Lady's third-world educational initiative "Let Girls Learn". The Telegraph published an interview with Monáe, talking about her first studio album, in which the journalist Bernadette McNulty said, "I begin to worry for a moment that Monáe may not just be a humourless science-fiction nerd, but actually an android herself, created in a laboratory as a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, André 3000 and Steve Jobs, invented to test the desperate incredulity of music journalists." She also compared Monáe to artists such as Annie Lennox, Lauryn Hill, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Her musical styles have been described as "a soaring orchestral trip enlivened with blockbuster vocals, mysterious imagery and notes of Sixties pop and jazz." The Guardian has noted some of her influences as: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Outkast, Erykah Badu, James Brown, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Bernard Herrmann, Funkadelic and the Incredible String Band. In an opinion piece for The Quietus, John Calvert places Janelle Monáe within the Afrofuturism movement, pointing out her similarities to Sun Ra and George Clinton. He asserts that Janelle Monáe is innovating the genre. Monáe has stated that she has an alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather who according to Monáe is from the year 2719. In her first EP she gave her alter-ego a back-story stating that she was on the run after breaking the law in her home town of Metropolis by falling in love with a human named Anthony Greendown.
  • 2015
    Age 29
    It was announced in October 2015 that Monáe will make her big screen acting debut in the upcoming film Moonlight alongside Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, and Mahershala Ali set to be released in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Monáe has also been cast in the upcoming film Hidden Figures, and will be starring alongside actresses Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer set to be released on January 13, 2017.
    In mid-2015 Monáe attended various fashion events including London Fashion Week and the 2015 Met Gala.
    More Details Hide Details She began collaborating with Nile Rodgers for a new Chic album and Duran Duran for the album Paper Gods, their first album in over five years, and their single called Pressure Off.
    In late March 2015, Monáe released the single "Yoga" off of The Eephus.
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    In February 2015, Monáe along with Epic Records and its CEO and chairman L.A. Reid announced that Monáe's independent label Wondaland Arts Society has signed a "landmark joint venture partnership" to revamp the label, now known as Wondaland Records, and to promote the artists on the label.
    More Details Hide Details Jem Aswad of Billboard called Monáe a "mini-mogul" because of the deal and revealed that "the partnership will bow in May with a 5-song compilation EP called The Eephus, including tracks from rapper Jidenna, Roman, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Monáe herself." With this move, Monáe has become one of the few black women who run their own independent record label in conjunction with a major record label.
  • 2014
    Age 28
    Later in 2014, Monáe was featured on Sérgio Mendes' latest album, Magic.
    More Details Hide Details She sings on the track titled "Visions of You".
    In mid-2014, Monáe had an interview with Fuse where she teased a follow up to The Electric Lady. "I'm working on a new, cool creative project called 'Eephus'," she said. "It's a big concept and you're not going to see it coming.
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    She was also recognized as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Harvard College Black Men's Forum at their annual Celebration of Black Women gala.
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    On April 14, 2014, Monáe was the recipient of the inaugural Harvard College Women's Center Award for Achievement in Arts and Media for her achievements as an artist, advocate and feminist.
    More Details Hide Details She tweeted earlier that day, "Headed to #Harvard to meet the beautiful ladies in the Women's Center. Can't believe I'm the honoree today. Just So thankful".
    In April 2014, Monáe was invited to perform along with Tessanne Chin, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande, and Melissa Etheridge at the White House as a part of their PBS-broadcast "Women of Soul" event, which celebrated American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on American national musical culture.
    More Details Hide Details She performed "Goldfinger", "Tightrope", and joined in on the all inclusive performance of "Proud Mary".
    Her voice is heard as veterinarian Dr. Monáe in the movie Rio 2, released in the U.S. on April 11, 2014, and her song "What Is Love" was featured on the soundtrack.
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  • 2013
    Age 27
    On September 28, 2013, Monáe performed at the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park alongside Stevie Wonder.
    More Details Hide Details Monáe performed as the featured musical guest on Saturday Night Live October 26 with host Edward Norton.
    On September 14, 2013, Monáe performed along with Chic at the iTunes Festival in London.
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    Monáe's first single from The Electric Lady, "Q.U.E.E.N.", featuring Erykah Badu, premiered on SoundCloud and made available for download purchase at the iTunes Store on April 23, 2013. "Q.U.E.E.N." garnered 31,000 digital sales according to Nielsen Soundscan with the accompanying music video gaining four million YouTube views within its first week of release.
    More Details Hide Details Thematically, The Electric Lady continues the utopian cyborg concepts of its predecessors, while presenting itself in more plainspoken, introspective territory in addition to experimenting with genres beyond conventional funk and soul such as jazz ("Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"), pop-punk ("Dance Apocalyptic"), gospel ("Victory") and woozy, sensual vocal ballads ("PrimeTime", featuring Miguel). The album features guest appearances by Prince, Solange Knowles, aforementioned Miguel and Esperanza Spalding with production from previous collaborator Deep Cotton (a psychedelic punk act) and Roman GianArthur (a soul music composer), and was released to critical acclaim on September 10, 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    In October 2012, Monáe starred in a commercial for the Sonos Wireless HiFi home audio system, and appeared in a Sonos commercial in 2012 with Deep Cotton.
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    In September 2012, Monáe performed at CarolinaFest in support of President Obama, just before the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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    In August 2012, Monáe was chosen as CoverGirl's newest spokeswoman.
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    In July 2012, for the second year in a row, she appeared at the renowned North Sea Jazz Festival in Europe as well as in the 46th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on the 14th.
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    Monáe was also featured on "Do My Thing" for Estelle's sophomore studio album, All of Me. In June 2012, Monáe performed two new songs, "Electric Lady" and "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"—from her then-upcoming sophomore studio album, The Electric Lady—at the Toronto Jazz Festival.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    Monáe performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011 alongside artists Bruno Mars and B.o.B; Monáe performed the synth section of B.o.B's song "Nothin' on You" and she then performed her track "Cold War" with B.o.B on the guitar and Mars on the drums.
    More Details Hide Details Their performance received a standing ovation. Her single "Tightrope" was featured on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, performed by Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart, Naima Adedapo, and Thia Megia. Monáe was featured in fun. 's hit single, "We Are Young" and also performed an acoustic version of the song with lead singer Nate Ruess, and the band.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    Monáe performed "Tightrope" during the second elimination episode of the 11th Season of Dancing with the Stars on September 28, 2010.
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    In an NPR interview in September 2010, Monae stated that she is a believer in, and a proponent of time travel.
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    Monáe covered Charlie Chaplin's Smile on Billboard.com in June 2010.
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    Monáe received the Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at the Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    In a November 2009 interview, Monáe revealed the title and concept behind her album, The ArchAndroid.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released on May 18, 2010. The second and third suites of Metropolis are combined into this full-length release, in which Monáe's alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather—also the protagonist of Metropolis: The Chase Suite— becomes a messianic figure to the android community of Metropolis. Monáe noted that she plans to shoot a video for each song on The ArchAndroid and create a film, graphic novel and a touring Broadway musical based on the album. The Metropolis concept series draws inspiration from a wide range of musical, cinematic and other sources, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Debussy to Philip K. Dick. However, the series puts Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis, which Monáe referred to as "the godfather of science-fiction movies," in special regard. Aside from sharing a name, they also share visual styles (the cover for The ArchAndroid is inspired by the iconic poster for Metropolis), conceptual themes and political goals, using expressionistic future scenarios to examine and explore contemporary ideas of prejudice and class. Both also include a performing female android, though to very different effect. Where Metropolis android Maria is the evil, havoc-sowing double of the messianic figure to the city's strictly segregated working class, Monáe's messianic android muse Cindi Mayweather represents an interpretation of androids as that segregated minority, which Monáe describes as "... the Other. And I feel like all of us, whether in the majority or the minority, felt like the Other at some point."
    Her single "Open Happiness" was featured in the 2009 season finale of American Idol.
    More Details Hide Details Monáe told MTV about her concept for her new album and also discussed her alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather, she said: "Cindi is an android and I love speaking about the android because they are the new “other”. People are afraid of the other and I believe we’re going to live in a world with androids because of technology and the way it advances. The first album she was running because she had fallen in love with a human and she was being disassembled for that."
    Monáe also toured as the opening act for band No Doubt on their summer 2009 tour.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    After the release of the first part of the series, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) in mid-2007, these plans were altered following her signing with Sean Combs's label, Bad Boy Records, later in the year.
    More Details Hide Details The label gave an official and physical release to the first suite in August 2008, which was retitled Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition) and included two new tracks. The EP was critically acclaimed, garnering Monáe a 51st Annual Grammy Awards Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single "Many Moons", festival appearances and opening slots for indie pop band of Montreal.
    In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis.
    More Details Hide Details It was originally conceived as a concept album in four parts, or "suites," which were to be released through her website and mp3 download sites.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    Monáe signed to Bad Boy in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The label's chief role was in facilitating her exposure on a much broader scale rather than developing the artist and her music, because in the words of Mitchell, "She was already moving, she already had her records – she had a self-contained movement." Combs and Big Boi wanted to take their time and build her profile organically and allow the music to grow rather than put out "A hot single which everyone jumps on, and then they fade because it's just something of the moment."
  • 2001
    Age 15
    After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2001, she met OutKast's Big Boi, and then founded the Wondaland Arts Society with some like-minded young artists, releasing her first EP The Audition in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Although it did not place highly on the Billboard charts – reportedly only 400 physical copies were pressed – it did showcase her impressive vocal abilities and unique Metropolis concept that would also figure in her future releases. The CD album itself is extremely rare in its original compact disc format, and as such is a valuable collector's item. Monáe later appeared on OutKast's Idlewild release, where she is featured on the songs "Call the Law" and "In Your Dreams." Big Boi told his friend Sean Combs about Monáe, whom at the time Combs had not yet heard. Combs soon visited Monáe's MySpace page and according to a HitQuarters interview with Bad Boy Records' A&R person Daniel 'Skid' Mitchell, Combs loved it straight away: "He loved her look, loved that you couldn't see her body, loved the way she was dancing, and just loved the vibe. He felt like she has something that was different – something new and fresh."
  • 1985
    Born on December 1, 1985.
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