Janelle Monáe Interview

From her Wondaland compound somewhere in the vicinity of Atlanta, Janelle Monáe spoke with Arjan about her GRAMMY nomination for "Many Moons" in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance. It is an impressive achievement for the singer who released her "Metropolis: Suite 1" EP in the summer of 2008 and is still working on her first full-length album.

But despite the fact the she is still relatively new to the scene, Recording Academy members recognized that Monae possesses a very special talent. Free from any industry-imposed boundaries and senseless sterotypes, she serves up a unique blend of soul, hip & hop, electro glam and synthesized funk to create a stellar new genre of her own.

Monáe has carved out her own little universe in which, quite frankly, everything is possible.

The singer spoke candidly about her commitment to community service, her own foundation she's starting up, meeting Prince and the fact that she is not really "a Red Carpet gal." It is a very entertaining interview, and if you're new to this hot, new talent this is a great moment to understand what drives her music and message.

(And Monaelle sure knows how to strike the imagination. She threw me for a loop for a moment when she told me that she found out about the nomination at the "Whitefield Bananas" ranch. According to an earlier interview she was actually in Las Vegas at a Cirque du Soleil show when she heard about it. I must say I like the Whitefield Bananas version a lot better though.)



Arjan interviews Janelle Monae about her GRAMMY nomination from arjanwrites.com on Vimeo.

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