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Janelle Monáe says her Dirty Computer Grammy nod shows that her peers recognize marginalized voices


Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monáe has been a woman to watch this past year. The multifaceted artist’s latest effort, Dirty Computer, appears on numerous year-end “best of 2018” lists, and now it’s earned her a career milestone: a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.  Monáe says the project’s success is due to the fact that it speaks for people whose voices aren’t often heard.

Reacting to her Grammy nominations while promoting her upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen, Janelle told ABC Radio, “[I’m] just super-thankful that an album that was about me and also about a community of marginalized voices got recognized by my peers.”

Monae, who opened up about her sexuality in the songs on Dirty Computer, added, “I see the connection between those marginalized voices, and those folks who have been pushed to the margins of society because they’re walking in their truth.”

In addition to her Album of the Year nod, Monáe’s eye-catching video for “Pynk” — featuring her and a troupe of dancers wearing those instantly iconic pants — is nominated for Best Music Video.  We’ll find out if she wins when the Grammys air February 10 on CBS.

Meanwhile, her movie Welcome to Marwen, which also stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann and Gwendoline Christie, will be in theaters December 21.

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