Photos

 

25 Things You Didn't Know About Janelle Monáe

  •  
    Janelle Monáe Robinson was born on December 1, 1985.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    She was born in Kansas City, Kansas where her mother worked as a janitor and her father worked as a garbage collector.

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

  •  
    After graduating high school in 2001, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC for a short time. She dropped out because she felt "creatively stifled." She uprooted and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she started worked at an Office Depot and lived in a boarding house with 5 women.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    In 2003, soon after moving to Atlanta, Janelle self-produced a demo, Janelle Monáe: The Audition and toured local colleges to promote her music.
  •  
    While promoting her new music, she met artists Chuck Lightning and Nate Wonder. The three of them founded the Wondaland Arts Society, a record label and artists’ collective.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    At 20 years old, she caught her big break while performing "Killing Me Softly with His Song" at an open mic night in Atlanta. Big Boi was in attendance and extremely impressed!

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Big Boi got her on Purple Ribbon All Stars's Got Purp? Vol. 2. OutKast also featured Janelle on "Call the Law" and "In Your Dreams." Both songs are on the Idlewild album.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Big Boi urged Diddy to check out Monáe's music on Myspace.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Her 2007 EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) was originally released on her website but after signing to Diddy's Bad Boy Records, it became a physical release.
  •  
    She calls her signature black and white tuxedo her uniform, paying homage to her hard working parents who wore uniforms everyday.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Her debut full-length album was released in 2010. The ArchAndroid is a concept album about a robot named Cindi Mayweather, her alter-ego, in 2719.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Janelle Monáe is committed to making challenging music.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    She is featured on fun.'s 2011 hit "We Are Young." She recorded her vocals while in Bristol, England.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    In 2012 she won the "Young, Gifted & Black Award" at the BET Black Girls Rock! Awards ceremony.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    In 2013 she received Billboard's Rising Star Award.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Janelle would love to collaborate with Tim Burton at some point during her career.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Barack Obama is a fan!

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Janelle Monáe became a Covergirl in 2012.

    Photo:Covergirl

  •  
    Janelle Monáe's second full length album, The Electric Lady, was released in September 2013.
  •  
    Prince deemed The Electric Lady the best album of 2013.

    Photo: WireImage

  •  
    Solange is featured on Janelle's sophomore album.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Erykah Badu is also featured.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    Janelle Monáe and Bruno Mars both have roles in "Rio 2" and are featured on the soundtrack.

    Photo: Getty Images

  •  
    "Game of Thrones" is one of her favorite TV shows!

    Photo:YouTube

  •  
    She is a gender bending artist and while she supports the LGBT community, she has said to only date androids, or "the other."

    Photo: Getty Images