Janelle Monae performs Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” at the BET Awards 2010

Janelle Monae kills it again. I must say though, it looked like Prince was giving her the “bitch, please” look until the very end… When Prince performed “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain” during his encore at Coachella a couple years ago, I lost my shit :)

In related news: when did BET start doing award show performances better than MTV? Why did nobody tell me about this?

Janelle Monae performs Tightrope on Letterman

So I’ve recently been telling everyone I know about two artists I believe will blow up soon: Drake and Janelle Monae. This post is about Janelle Monae.

I do believe that she will blow up soon, and this week has given you a few more reasons to believe me. Monae’s album dropped yesterday, and it’s incredible. It deftly bounces between soul, pop, funk, and experimental sounds with contributions from Big Boi, Of Montreal, and Saul Williams. The lead single from The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV) is “Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)”, and last night Monae performed the song to perfection on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Honestly, if that performance doesn’t make you say “wow,” I don’t know what can.