Janelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records.
After her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.
In 2010, Monáe released her critically acclaimed first full-length studio album The ArchAndroid, a concept album sequel to her first EP. It was released by Bad Boy Records and reached the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200. Monáe featured as a guest vocalist in "We Are Young" by fun., which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, her first appearance in the chart. In August 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl spokeswoman. Her second studio album, The Electric Lady, was released in September 2013, to critical acclaim.
In 2016, Monáe made her theatrical film debut, starring in Hidden Figures where she portrayed NASA mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson, and Moonlight. The latter won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Monáe's third studio album, Dirty Computer, was released on April 27, 2018, preceded by the singles "Django Jane", "Make Me Feel", "I Like That", and "Pynk". During her career, Monáe has received eight Grammy Award nominations, and has won a MTV Video Music Award and the ASCAP Vanguard Award in 2010. She was also honored with the "Rising Star Award" in 2015 and with the "Trailblazer of the Year" in 2018 at the Billboard Women in Music.