Janelle Monáe Robinson (born December 1, 1985), known professionally as Janelle Monáe (/dʒəˈnɛl moʊˈneɪ/), is an American musical recording artist and actress, signed to Bad Boy Records, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records.
After making a mark with her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she debuted publicly 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 first full-length studio album, The ArchAndroid, a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released by Bad Boy Records. This album received critical acclaim and garnered a Best Contemporary R&B Album nomination at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The song “Tightrope” was also nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the same ceremony. With this industry recognition, the album has also been more successful commercially, officially reaching the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200.