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Janelle Monáe Robinson

December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01) (age 36)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • actress
  • model
Years active 2003–present
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts

Janelle Monáe Robinson born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model. She is signed to Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. After her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

In 2010, Monáe released her critically acclaimed first full-length studio album The ArchAndroid, a concept album sequel to her first EP. It was released by Bad Boy Records and reached the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200. Monáe featured as a guest vocalist in "We Are Young" by fun., which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, her first appearance in the chart.

In August 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl spokeswoman. Her second studio album, The Electric Lady, was released in September 2013, to critical acclaim. In 2016, Monáe had roles in two feature films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight.

Monáe's third studio album Dirty Computer was released on April 27, 2018, preceded by the singles "Django Jane", "Make Me Feel", "I Like That", and "Pynk". During her career, Monáe has received six Grammy Award nominations.

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