Janelle Monáe (Entertainer / Songwriter)
Janelle Monáe (full name Janelle Monáe Robinson) (born December 1, 1985) is an American R&B/soul musician signed to Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records.
She is a musical visionary whose innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n’ roll.
Monáe debuted with a conceptual Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). The EP failed to make much of an impact commercially speaking with the general public; it peaked at the 115th Spot on the Billboard Charts in the United States.
In 2010, Monáe released her debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released widely to the general public under Bad Boy Records. This album received acclaim from critics and gained a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. This song, "Tightrope," was also nominated for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance."