Janelle Monáe

Feb
16
Janelle Monáe and Friends Headline NBA All-Star Halftime Show

Janelle Monáe and Verdine White

The NBA paid homage to the Big Easy with a funky halftime performance from some hometown superstars at Sunday’s All-Star Game. New Orleans native Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue kicked things off followed by blues icon Dr. John.

Gary Clark Jr., who performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on guitar earlier in the evening, shined with “Bright Lights” before introducing Janelle Monáe.

The Electric Lady served up the title track off her latest album and joined the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire for the rousing finale of their ’70s classic “Shining Star.”

Check out their soulful salute to Nola below.

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Feb
9
BET Honors: Mariah Carey Debuts New Single, Tamar Braxton & Jennifer Hudson Perform

Mariah Carey

From Aretha to Ice Cube, music’s biggest stars flocked to the nation’s capital to help celebrate African-American icons at Saturday’s taping of “BET Honors” 2014 at Warner Theatre.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, the seventh annual event honored the achievements of Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube, Berry Gordy, and others, with musical tributes from Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Janelle Monáe, Smokey Robinson, and Karen Clarke-Sheard.

While perched on top of a piano, a cleavage-baring Mariah Carey debuted her new single “You’re Mine,” which is expected to drop later this week. After coming off stage, the pop diva received a hug from her daughter Monroe.

Tamar cozied up to husband Vincent Herbert on the red carpet and performed Diana Ross’ “Upside Down” during a tribute to Motown legend Berry Gordy.

“I can NOT lie @bethonors was just about as #EPIC as the BEST NIGht EVER!!” tweeted the “Braxton Family Values” star.

J-Hud serenaded Aretha Franklin, Ludacris saluted fellow rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube, and Janelle Monáe brought the house down with an electrifying set.

“BET Honors” will air on Monday, February 24, at 9 p.m.

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Feb
6
Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, & Jennifer Hudson to Perform at ‘BET Honors’

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, and Jennifer Hudson will help salute African-American icons at this year’s “BET Honors.”

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Feb
6
Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, & Janelle Monáe to Play NBA All-Star Weekend

Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell

There will be some big names on the court and on stage during NBA All-Star Weekend. The NBA has drafted a superstar lineup of performers for this year’s festivities in New Orleans.

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Jan
29
Janelle Monáe Electrifies at VH1 ‘Super Bowl Blitz’

Janelle Monáe

A day after J. Cole rocked Queens, Janelle Monáe took the stage at Lehman College in the Bronx for night two of VH1′s “Super Bowl Blitz: Six Concerts + Six Nights.” The Electric Lady served up an energetic round of hits including “Dance Apocalyptic,” “Tightrope,” “Q.U.E.E.N.,” “Cold War,” and “PrimeTime.”

On Thursday, TLC will bring some crazy, sexy, cool to Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre with special guests Nelly and Doug E. Fresh.

Catch highlights from Janelle’s spirited set below.

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Dec
7
Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, & Janelle Monáe Celebrate Christmas with Obamas

President Obama, Mariah Carey, and Monroe

Even the rain couldn’t put a damper on the Christmas spirit. Despite the wet weather, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and Janelle Monáe joined President Obama and the First Family for the lighting of the U.S. national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

The Queen of Soul performed “Joy to the World” while being shielded by an umbrella, and Mariah capped off the event with her classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Janelle Monáe entertained the festive crowd and cozied up to Santa Claus on the red carpet.

In addition to celebrating the season, Obama took a moment to remember Nelson Mandela. “This year, we give a special measure of gratitude for Nelson Mandela, a man who championed … generosity of spirit,” he said. “In his life, he blessed us with tremendous grace and unbelievable courage. And we are all privileged to live in a world touched by his goodness.”

The First Family greeted the performers and Mariah introduced her daughter Monroe to the president.

“What an honor to kick off the holiday season with the First Family,” said MC.

See the stars kick off Christmas in the capital.

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Nov
5
Janelle Monáe Unleashes ‘Electric Lady’ on ‘Arsenio’

Janelle Monáe

Hot on the heels of her “SNL” and “Black Girls Rock!” performances, Janelle Monáe brought her funky sound to “Arsenio” on Monday night. The singer, who is currently on a headlining tour, shut down the stage with an explosive performance of her ladies’ anthem “Electric Lady” off her album of the same name.

During the interview, she explained the lyrics behind her song “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” “We just wanted to pay homage to Dorothy Dandridge,” said Janelle of her duet with Esperanza Spalding. “Not only was Dorothy beautiful, but she was an activist. She really did open up doors for women of color.”

She also spread her message of female unity and empowerment. “I think it’s important that other females show appreciation for other females. We need each other.”

Watch the Electric Lady shake up late night with her style and stage presence.

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