Monday, February 11, 2019

Janelle Monáe Tore The Roof Off The Grammys With Explosive, Funk-Filled Performance

R&B sensation Janelle Monáe further solidified her stature as one of the most exciting and dynamic artists/performers working today with an electrifying medley of songs from her critically acclaimed Dirty Computer album during Sunday night’s telecast of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. She brought the funk with both barrels, thrilling the audience with her amazing talent and powerful stage presence. 

Monáe kicked off the performance with the Prince-inspired “Make Me Feel.” She appeared onstage holding a pale-green Fender Stratocaster, flanked by her dancers, and proceeded to play the track’s funky rhythm licks as she sang the verses. After one of the dancers removed the guitar, Monáe really cut loose and delivered a stunning, roof-raising performance that was filled with nods to the legendary music holy trinity of James Brown, Prince and Michael Jackson. The medley also included “Django Jane” and “Pynk.” Her dancers even wore the famous vagina pants from the now-iconic “Pynk” music video.  

Other performance highlights included a dazzling unison moonwalk that was flawlessly executed by Monáe and her dancers, and the show-stopping finale where she burned up the stage to James Brown’s funk classic “I Got The Feelin’.”

Many people were floored by the performance with Monáe receiving tons of love across the Internet and elsewhere; music stars like Diddy, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga heaped praise on the performance. Even former first daughter Chelsea Clinton gave Monáe a shout-out on Twitter. And many entertainment and music publications wrote that the performance was one of the biggest highlights of the night.

Monáe was nominated for two Grammys this year: Album of the Year for Dirty Computer and Best Music Video for “Pynk.” Although she went home empty-handed, she was still a huge winner Sunday night. Just ask anyone who watched her performance.  

Related blog entry: Janelle Monáe Releases Prince-Inspired New Track "Make Me Feel."

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