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Janelle Monae Songs, Net Worth, Boyfriend News: "Electric Lady" R&B Singer Pays Tribute To David Bowie, Covers 'Heroes'

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First Posted: Apr 06, 2014 04:34 PM EDT
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Janelle Monáe is an American soul singer. Her genre is primarily R&B. Aside from being a singer, she is also a songwriter and a producer. Her estimated net worth is over $4 million. She is originally from Kansas, and had already dreamt of becoming a singer at a very young age. She studied in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. In 2001, she moved to Georgia and started to write and produce her music. It was in 2003 when she released her first album called The Audition. Although it was not a huge hit, she was deemed as a potential star who had a great future in music ahead of her.

A few years after, those predictions about her success became real. In 2006, she signed with Bad Boy Records and released a full-length album in 2007. It was called Metropolis Suite I: The Chase. This album gave her a Grammy Nomination, and many more nominations eventually came. Her 2010 album, The ArchAndroid, gave her even more nominations and recognitions from various award-giving bodies. She has won some of them, too. One of her most famous appearances is in the song We Are Young by Fun, which has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2012, she was chosen as the newest spokesperson for CoverGirl. In September 2013, she released her second studio album, the Electric Lady. With all the successes Monáe has achieved, she was given a "Janelle Monáe Day" by the city of Boston. It was set on Oct. 16, 2013 in recognition of her artistry, talent as well as her involvement in social leadership.

She has recently covered David Bowie's "Heroes" as well as performing with M.I.A. for an Audi launch show. She has also done an advertisement for Pepsi in Rio De Janiero ahead of the World Cup. She is private about her personal and dating life but has previously stated that she "only dates androids." "I speak about androids because I think the android represents the new 'other.' You can compare it to being a lesbian or being a gay man or being a black woman ... What I want is for people who feel oppressed or feel like the 'other' to connect with the music and to feel like, 'She represents who I am,'" Monáe says.

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When asked about representations of women in the media, she says she is not qualified to judge, but that women need to ask themselves "Are we in control of our bodies? Are we trying to make money and bring attention using our bodies?" and "What can we do to help the next generation of young girls? How can we redefine what it means to be sexy?"

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