Janelle Monae Robinson, born on December 1, 1985, in Kansas City, Kansas, is the queen of Afrofuturism. She is a singer, actress, and author with a remarkable global reputation. In 2010, Monae released her album, “The ArchAndroid.” That same year, she received the Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In 2015, Monae set up her record label, “Wondaland Records.” In 2016, Monae starred in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” We will help you celebrate Monae’s special day right here!
Janelle Monae Robinson, famously known as Janelle Monae, is an American singer whose songs are recognized globally. She was born on December 1, 1985, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Janet, a janitor, and Michael Robinson, a truck driver. Monae was raised as a Christian and grew up in the Baptist church, where she learned how to sing. Her family members were musicians at The Baptist Church, Church of God in Christ, and the Local A.M.E. Church. Monae attended F.L. Schlagle High School and moved to New York, where she enrolled at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she was the only back person in her class. She soon dropped out because she felt out of place and moved to Atlanta, where she enrolled at Perimeter College at Georgia State University.
Monae featured on Purple Ribbon All-Stars album, “Got Purp? Vol. 2,” and soon, her career began to kick off. She signed into the record label “Bad Boy” in 2006. She released her first solo in 2007, ‘Metropolis.’ In 2008, her label released her E.P, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition),” which included two new tracks. The E.P. earned Monae her first Grammy Awards nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. In 2010, Monae released her album, “The ArchAndroid.” That same year, she received the Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. She performed with Bruno Mars and B.o.B in 2011 at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. In December 2011, Monae performed ‘Cold War’’ and ‘Tightrope’ at the Nobel peace prize concert in Oslo, Norway. Monae was “Cover Girl’s” spokesperson in 2012. In 2014, the Harvard College Women’s Center honored Monae with an ‘Achievement in Arts and Media.’ That same year her voice was used in the movie “Rio 2” by the veterinarian Dr. Monae. By 2015, Monae set up her record label named “Wondaland Records.” In 2016, Monae starred in the movie “Hidden Figures’’ alongside co-actresses Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.
In 2011, during an interview with “London Evening Standard,” Monae claimed to only go out with androids. While in 2013, Monae said she was interested in both men and women and expressed her support for the L.G.B.T.Q. She has identified herself to be both bisexual and pansexual. In April 2022, Monae came out as non-binary during the “Red Table Talk,” a show hosted by Jada Smith. Monae made tuxedos her trademark in the industry and is not bothered by what anyone has to say about it.
"Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)" peaks at number two on the U.S. Top Heatseekers charts.
Monae is honored with the 'Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award.'
Monae features in “Hidden Figures” as a NASA mathematician and aerospace engineer named Mary Jackson.
"The Memory and other stories of dirty computer librarians" is written by Monae and other writers to bring to life the Afrofuturistic world of her album.
Why We Love Janelle Monae
She supports the L.G.B.T.Q. community
Monae is a passionate supporter of the L.G.B.T.Q. community. She is very outspoken on her stance!
Harvard recognized Monae
Monae received an award for achievement in Arts and Media from Harvard University's women's center. We are proud of her!
She has acted in 3 Oscar-nominated movies
Monae was in eight films. She had leading roles in "Moonlight," "Hidden Figures," and "Harriet," which the Oscars Awards recognized.
5 Surprising Facts
Her signature style is Tuxedos
Monae's black and white color code pays tribute to her parents' uniform work.
She has her day
Boston City council named October 16, 2013 as "Janelle Monae's day" to recognize her activism and artistry.
Diddy discovered Monae
Diddy discovered her music on Myspace; he immediately signed her to his Bad Boy record label.
Prince was her mentor
When Prince passed on, Monae felt like something got removed from her world.
She has an alter ego
Monae has a cyborg alter ego named Cindi Mayweather,
Janelle Monae FAQs
Is Janelle Monae dating Solange Knowles?
They are not dating but are instead best friends, and their sisterhood is unmatched.
Who is Janelle Monae in a relationship with?
She shared a little P.D.A. with her creative collaborator, Nate Wonder; however, she is not in any confirmed relationship yet.
Who is Janelle Monae's father?
Her father is Michael Robinson Summers, a truck driver.
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