When it became known that Janelle Monáe was nominated this year for two Grammy's, the internet let out a collective sigh of "finally". Of course she was previously nominated. But this year her album Dirty computer was for Album of the Year and the video for her single PYNK (remember the vagina pants?!) has also received a nomination.
Janelle, who came out as a stranger in April 2018, spoke to Variety about her nominations. Since coming out, she said she heard from many fans and "that's why it meant so much to be nominated." For years I have been watching these shows and I have not seen that representation – the idea that I feel I needed to see, "she said. And the fact that Dirty computer, an album about me and also about a community of marginalized voices, the fact that was nominated? That means the world to me. & # 39;
Janelle also explained that she had been warned not to talk about her sexuality in public. When asked if anyone ever told her not to say she was strange, she replied: "Yes absolutely, especially if you are a black woman and also a creative black woman. I love science fiction, I love the arts .
"The goal has never been to fit into a category, and when you color outside the lines, and then you say," Hey, I'm a weird black woman too, "some people may be a bit afraid of that and what about that. means and how do you bring that and all those things to the market. "
She explained further how important it is to walk your truth & # 39; and to dedicate her nominations to: & # 39; People do it every day. My trans brothers and sisters, they do it every day and they are shunned from these kinds of events. So this is for them."Kacey Musgraves eventually won the album of the year Golden hour, and of course Janelle Stans was furious.
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