Janelle Monáe's new album, The Electric Lady, features collaborations with Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Janelle Monae recently performed two songs on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Strange creatures take the stage in Of Montreal's spectacular performance at the 9:30 Club, in Washington, D.C. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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Janelle Monae performs in New Orleans in October 2009. Soon afterward, she revealed the title and concept of her new album, The ArchAndroid. Sean Gardner/Getty Images hide caption

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In "Tightrope," Janelle Monae assesses her career alongside OutKast's Big Boi. Andrew Zaeh hide caption

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