'I plan on continuing to tell universal stories in an unforgettable way,' the singer says.
Janelle Monáe is one of few artists who've stayed 100% true to themselves since the birth of their careers, and found success in doing so. The singer, with her charming retro style, has challenged a listening audience to expect something out of the ordinary with her genre-bending music.
Monáe, who is currently working on the follow-up to 2010's "The ArchAndroid," will get to see some of that at play at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 10). Her and fun. are nominated for three Grammys -- "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" -- for the group's hit "We Are Young." Fun. is nominated for six Grammys in total.
"We Are Young" is up for several Grammy nominations. What made you collaborate with fun.?
I really like the fun. guys; they're really great people. They're friends and we toured together. They were big fans of the 'Archandroid' and all my work. When they sent me the song, I listened to it and immediately reacted. I don't do a lot of collaborations that I don't believe in. Actually, I don't do any collaborations that I don't believe in. When we heard the song at Wonderland, we were like, 'yeah, this is a big idea; it's gonna touch people in a way that they haven't been touched before.'