Janelle Monáe

Mar
2
New Music: Janelle Monáe – ‘Simply Irresistible’

Janelle Monáe

In honor of the Oscars, Janelle Monáe rocks out on a synth-heavy cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.” The Electric Lady keeps the lyrics intact (“She’s so completely kissable”) as she puts her funky spin on the ’80s hit for E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” 2014 soundtrack.

“I had so much fuuuun reimagining this song for E’s #Oscars coverage #robertpalmer #simplyirresistible JAM,” tweeted Janelle.

The network also commissioned Charli XCX, The Royal Concept, and Fitz & the Tantrums to cover the song.

Listen to Janelle’s remake for the red carpet.

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Feb
25
Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, & Jennifer Hudson Perform at ‘BET Honors’

Mariah Carey

The divas showed out during the 7th annual “BET Honors,” which taped earlier this month in Washington, D.C. and aired on Monday night. Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, and Janelle Monáe all blessed the stage, while this year’s honorees included Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, and Ice Cube.

Perched atop a piano, Mariah kicked things off with the debut television performance of her new single “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

Tamar Braxton paid tribute to Berry Gordy with a medley of Diana Ross’ “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” and “Upside Down.”

Janelle Monáe also serenaded the Motown legend with the Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

Jennifer Hudson and Karen Clark-Sheard brought down the house during their soulful salutes to Aretha Franklin.

And the Queen of Soul herself honored the late Nelson Mandela with “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Watch all these performances and more below.

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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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