Janelle Monae- Performer
Janelle Monae, a singer, songwriter, producer, and performer from Kansas City, Kansas, has an innovative style that melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk and rock 'n' roll. Monae's debut album The ArchAndroid, was released to widespread acclaim, earning her multiple Grammy nominations. The Associated Press, the Guardian, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times all named the album The #1 Album of 2010. Monae's new album, The Electric Lady, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, earning Monae her highest chart entry to date. Monae was also a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award and was included in the first-ever Women Who Rock exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A dynamic performer and artistic entrepreneur, Monae has launched her own record label called the Wondaland Arts Society and performed worldwide with such artistic legends as Stevie Wonder and Prince. Monae has been an active spokeswoman for both Covergirl cosmetics and Sonos.