Janelle Monae (born Janelle Monae Robinson; December 1, 1985) is an American R&B/soul musician signed to Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records. Monae debuted with a conceptual EP, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). The EP failed to make much of a commercial impact, peaking at No. 115 on the Billboard charts in the United States. In 2010, Janelle Monae released her debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released by Bad Boy Records. This album received acclaim from critics and gained a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The song "Tightrope" was also nominated for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance"; this album was also more successful commercially officially reaching the No. 17 spot on the Billboard Charts. In March 2012, "We Are Young", the song by the band Fun on which Monae makes a guest appearance, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her first appearance in the US Top 10.
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