Janelle Monáe Performs ‘What Is Love’ on ‘American Idol’

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe brought Brazilian Carnaval to “American Idol” during her dazzling performance on Thursday’s live results show. Following an introduction from the “Idol” judges, the 28-year-old singer had the audience on its feet with her funky single “What Is Love” off the soundtrack to the animated film Rio 2.

“Wow. we just performed @americanidol. Thank you to #rio & #brazil for being an inspiration for my song for #rio2!!” tweeted Janelle, who was joined by a team of dancers and musicians.

The soundtrack (stream it here) also features appearances from Bruno Mars, Ester Dean, B.o.B., and Philip Lawrence.

Watch the Electric Lady light up the stage below.

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  1. Andy

    JANELLE <3


  2. Here4Lauryn

    Monae proves you can continue to win without billboard, she has a cult following.


    Dave Reply:

    @Here4Lauryn, Agreed! She is doing the dang thang! Makes me so proud to be me. She is so inspiring.


  3. Free Spirit

    I LOVE Janelle Monáe!!! She is one of the Greatest Performers and Talented Artists out right now… I really wish that she had more “Mainstream Success”, because her albums are sooo good and full of originality!!! “Electric Lady” album deserve alot more success and some awards to go along with and I really enjoyed her performance on A.I. for “What Is Love (off the Rio 2 soundtrack)”… #TeamJanelleMonáe.


  4. Ay

    I love her.


  5. Betty Hooi

    Janelle,You go girl.IIove you and your music. I saw your show in Orlando Fl last year and ever since I can’t get enough of your music.I watch your performances on the internet almost every day. I got my whole family hooked on Janelle. My husband, kids and grand kids are all fans now. We enjoyed yor show on American Idle last Thursday, and we hope to see you perform here in Tampa Florida someday soon.Be blessed and know that your fans come in all sizes, and ages,and are multicolored.Your biggest fan, Betty


  6. ADJ

    YAAAAASSS … She’s finally showing some skin! And lol, she hit the Nae Nae! I loved this performance. It’s a good feeling to see her growth and to see her continuously evolve into a bigger artist.


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