Janelle Monae

  • 25 March 2009

Date of birth

1st December, 1985




1st January, 1970



Why Janelle Monáe Coming Out As Queer Is So Important

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 26 April 2018

Janelle Monae

She's out and she's proud.

Janelle Monáe has finally confirmed rumours of her sexuality, revealing that she does indeed identify as a 'queer' woman, as her new album 'Dirty Computer' suggests. However, she's still keeping her personal life to herself and won't comment on any reports regarding who she might be dating.

Image caption Janelle Monae at the premiere of 'Annihilation'

'Dirty Computer' will mark the 32-year-old's first album in five years and comes alongside a short 'film narrative' that is set to hit select theatres ahead of the 'Black Panther' screenings. She has now unveiled the 30-second trailer for the visual, which stars Tessa Thompson from 'Thor: Ragnarok'.

Continue reading: Janelle Monae Unveils Inspired Trailer For Her 'Dirty Computer' Album

Janelle Monae at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Annihilation' held at the Regency Village Theatre. Directed by Alex Garland, the film stars Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Natalie Portman as researchers in an exhibition whereby nature has developed beyond the rest of the world - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 13th February 2018

Janelle Monae at the world premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther', held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The movie is the second to feature Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, following 2016's 'Captain America: Civil War' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 30th January 2018

Janelle Monae at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden. Bruno Mars was the most successful winner this year, taking home seven awards altogether including Record of the Year - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 28th January 2018

Janelle Monae at the 2017 CFDA Awards held at Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, United States - Tuesday 6th June 2017

Janelle Monae at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

The Year Of Janelle Monae: Why We Love Her And What To Expect In 2017

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 26 December 2016

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It's gone quiet on the music front, but Janelle Monae's film career is going from strength to strength into 2017.

There are many, many reasons to love Janelle Monae. Uncategorisable in her wider career as well as in her nominal job as a pop star, there have been few artists in the 2010s who are as daring and consistently compelling as her.

Where to start? Well, there’s the matter of her two exceptional studio albums The ArchAndroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013) – three if you count her out-of-print and hard-to-find debut The Audition way back in 2003 when she was just 18. Slavered over by critics and both selling around 200,000 copies in the States, they represent some of the most unique visions for pop music in ages.

Image caption Janelle Monae outside the 2016 American Music Awards

Continue reading: The Year Of Janelle Monae: Why We Love Her And What To Expect In 2017

Janelle Monae Gets Cut Off By NBC During Black Lives Matter Speech

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 17 August 2015

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The singer was attempting to deliver a speech about police brutality after her performance on ‘The Today Show’.

Singer Janelle Monae found herself silenced by NBC on Friday when she tried to deliver a speech about police brutally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Monáe was appearing on 'The Today Show' where she performed three songs, ‘Tightrope’, ‘Yoga’ and 'Hell You Talmbout’, a protest song written in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Image caption Congrats on the baby. And the general awesomeness.

It’s been a whirlwind year for Rowland and her longtime beau, Tim Witherspoon, who just tied the knot a month ago. The couple celebrated their love with an intimate ceremony in Costa Rica on May 9.

Kelly also recently released a new single, The Game, as part of Pepsi’s World Cup visual album. The album features Rowland, alongside the likes of Janelle Monae, Rita Ora and Idris Elba, of all people, and includes audio and visual contributions, centered around the theme of, y’know, the Game. Also collaboration and togetherness, etc.

Continue reading: Cutest Pregnancy Announcement Ever? Kelly Rowland's New Pair Of Baby Air Jordans

Made In America Trailer

Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z in 2012. Following its inaugural year, it was announced to take place in Los Angeles for the later events and its arrival has since become an important symbol of unity. Jay-Z created the festival in a bid to join together musicians of all genres, creeds and cultures to emphasise the bond between music-lovers regardless of any animosity that may have existed between hip hop artists, rock artists and pop artists in the past. It is an attempt to build a world of peace and diversity because, in the words of Run DMC star Darryl McDaniels, 'Music succeeds where politics and religion fail'.

'Made In America' is a music documentary based on the new festival of the same name founded by Jay-Z who is also the movie's executive producer. It has been directed by double Oscar winner Ron Howard ('The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Rush', 'A Beautiful Mind') and features behind-the-scenes clips and interviews of various music superstars including Run DMC, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Janelle Monáe, Tyler The Creator, Skrillex, Santigold and The Hives. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for 'Outstanding Television Documentary' at the Black Reel Awards.

Made In America is available on VOD and DVD 19 May 2014

Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 22 April 2014

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Moogfest begins in just a few short hours; here's what you have to look forward to.

Named after America's main pioneer in the world of electronic music, Robert Moog, Moogfest is finally back after a brief sabbatical which saw them miss 2013 - to much disappointment from electronic lovers everywhere.

The much-adored Moog synthesizer is an incredible piece of equipment invented by a man who changed music for the better, so the fact that there's a weekend event named sharing the name is a thrilling prospect for musicians and fans alike. It began in 2004 and was eventually brought to Asheville, North Carolina in 2008 where it has stayed ever since. Not only have festival goers got a first-class music line-up to look forward to, Moogfest 2014 will also be hosting presentations during the day from both veteran music boffins to newcomers still experimenting with developing their sound. For all you synth-lovers out there, you will also be treated to various workshops which will no doubt give you an immersive experience into the heart of electronic music.

Continue reading: Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys

Paolo Nutini's New Album Finds 'Caustic Love' At Hands Of Critics

By Lauren James in Music / Festivals on 18 April 2014

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Critics have decided 'Caustic Love' is a winner...but not until after they've given it a gentle rollicking.

Paolo Nutini's new album has been out for nearly a week giving music critics chance to chew over the Scottish singer-songwriter's third studio effort, Caustic Love. Released five years after 2009's five times platinum-selling Sunny Side Up, Nutini's new 13 track-long follow-up has a lot to live up to but seems to be doing pretty well in the charts and at the hands of reviewers.

Paolo Nutini New Album, 'Caustic Love,' Is Looking Set To Claim UK Number One This Week.

Caustic Love looks set to become the fastest-selling UK album of the year as its sets zoom to threaten The Kaiser Chiefs' two week dominance at the top. It has sold more than 59,000 copies already this week: just 10,000 copies behind the entire first week tally of 2014's current record holder, The Power Of Love by Sam Bailey, which topped the Chart last month, according to the Official Charts Company.

Continue reading: Paolo Nutini's New Album Finds 'Caustic Love' At Hands Of Critics