2013 The Root 100

The eclectic "android" Janelle Monáe continues to delight and surprise with her new album, The Electric Lady.

  • Influence: 193.6
  • Reach: 15.61
  • Substance: 7
  • Media Mentions: 1376
  • Internet Mentions: 6470000
  • Twitter Followers: 437139
  • Janelle Monáe

  • Her new album, The Electric Lady, was released to critical acclaim in September.
  • Job: R&B and soul singer
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @JanelleMonae
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Age: 27
  • Bio:

    Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu's first-ever collaboration, "Q.U.E.E.N.," is the ultimate ode to all the lovely contradictions attached to black women's identities. Its video went viral this summer and was the first single from Monáe's new album, The Electric Lady, in which she utilizes a sci-fi aesthetic to sing about the future in a way that tells us about our past. Monáe connects the plight of the android with the struggle of the modern-day "other" -- the black, the brown, the LGBT and others who don't fit the status quo -- making her work important for both its creative ambition and its pointed social commentary. It is ideals like this, as well as her James Brown-meets-Annie Lennox style, that got the attention of musical icon Prince, who personally phoned BET's president of programming, Stephen Hill, to demand that Monáe be added to the BET Awards line-up. Clearly, when Prince is making phone calls for you, you've made it. 

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  • Fun Fact: When asked about her dating or sex life, Monáe is known for answering that she only dates "androids."