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Janelle Monae Responds to Those Who Think Celebrities Should 'Stay In Their Lane'

Janelle Monae is on the cover of Allureo ’s “Freedom” issue.

Here’s what the entertainer had to share with the mag…

On celebrities being told to stay in their lane: “You strip away the makeup, the costumes, and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.”

On the risk of living openly and freely: “There’s lots of fears that I have about just living openly and freely and criticizing those who are in the position of power. You just never know. You never know what could happen when you are outspoken. It’s a risk. It’s a risk that I’ve prayed on and I’m willing to take.”

On how results of the presidential election affected her ability to create: “I felt it was a direct attack on us, on black women, on women, on women’s rights, on the LGBTQIA community, on poor folks. I felt like it was a direct attack saying, ‘You’re not important. You’re not valuable and we’re going to make laws and regulations that make it official and make it legal for us to devalue you and treat you like second-class citizens or worse.’ I got to the point where I stopped recording because I was just like, ‘I’m going to make an angry album.’”

For more from Janelle, visit Allure.com.

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Ariana Grande & Shawn Mendes Get Ready to Hit the Stage at Wango Tango 2018!

Ariana Grande strikes a pose on the blue carpet as she arrives at the 2018 iHeartRadio’s KIIS FM Wango Tango on Saturday (June 2) at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old singer looked pretty in a pink sweatshirt as she got ready to hit the stage for a performance during the show.

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Other performers stepping out for the show included Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae, the Backstreet Boys, Sabrina Carpenter, Miguel, Marshmello, and Meghan Trainor.

Other stars stepping out for the event included host Ryan Seacrest, Alessandra Ambrosio, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson, Lance Bass, and Ruby Rose.

FYI: Ruby is wearing Foundrae necklaces and Alexis Bittar earrings. Alessandra is wearing Stella Luna shoes.

20+ pictures inside of the stars stepping out for the show…More Here! »

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Janelle Monae Looks Angelic in Halo Hat & Beaded Head Wrap at Met Gala 2018

We’re a little obsessed with Janelle Monae‘s 2018 Met Gala look.

The 32-year-old “Make Me Feel” singer stepped out for the event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 7) in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Janelle Monae

She donned a black and white ensemble with a hand-beaded, crystallised head wrap and a wide-brim hat reminiscent of a halo as well as her Dirty Computer album art. Janelle completed her look with gold and silver rings and red lipstick.

She posed with designer Marc Jacobs.

“I use fashion to make lots of statement,” Janelle told Vanity Fair. “My black and white is meant to honor my working-class parents. My mother was a janitor, both my fathers, my biological father and my stepfather, were custodians, sanitation workers, post-office workers. For me, I try to say something as much as possible, say something that means something to other people outside of myself. Sometimes I don’t. Tonight I am happy to be part of this theme and happy to be with Marc Jacobs.”

If you missed it, check out Janelle‘s tulle and feathered dress from last year’s Met Gala.

FYI: Janelle is wearing Marc Jacobs with Christian Louboutin shoes and Jennifer Fisher jewelry.

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Janelle Monáe Duets with Zoë Kravitz on 'Screwed': Stream, Lyrics, & Download - Listen Here!

Janelle Monáe teams up with Zoe Kravitz on “Screwed,” off her freshly released album Dirty Computer!

Dirty Computer is the third studio LP the 32-year-old entertainer has released and it also features collaborations with Pharrell Williams and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

This isn’t the first time Janelle and Zoe, 29, have joined forces, they’ve both starred in Tiffany & Co’s Fall 2017 Ad Campaign as faces of the brand. The “There’s Only One” campaign focused on uniqueness, with the ads bearing phrases such as “There’s Only One Zoë Kravitz” and “There’s Only One Janelle Monáe.”

Last night (April 26), Janelle stepped out in style to celebrate the launch of the new album and emotion picture, Dirty Computer, with her Spotify Fans at the Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles.

You can also stream “Screwed” on Spotify and download it on iTunes now!


Janelle Monáe – Screwed (feat. Zoë Kravitz)

Click inside to read the lyrics to Janelle and Zoe’s brand new song “Screwed”…More Here! »

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Janelle Monae: 'Dirty Computer' Album Stream & Download - Listen Now!

Janelle Monae‘s new album is officially out!

The 32-year-old singer just dropped her new album Dirty Computer – and you can stream it here!

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Dirty Computer is the third studio Janelle has released and features collaborations with Zoe Kravitz and Pharrell Williams.

ICYMI, Janelle recently opened up about her sexuality for the first time in a new interview where she revealed that she identifies as pansexual.

You can download Janelle‘s new album off of iTunes here.

Listen to Dirty Computer below!