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Janelle Monae Gives Electrifying Performance at Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Janelle Monae
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Singer Janelle Monae has been quiet since her whirlwind success of her 2010 LP ‘The ArchAndroid.’ The R&B songbird recently posted her performance from her Nobel Peace Prize concert on her Twitter page on Wednesday (Dec. 14). Monae joined an eclectic list of artists for the celebratory event that included Ellie Goulding, Jill Scott, Evanescence and Angelique Kidjo.

Backed by a 60-piece orchestra and her band the Archorchesta, the Grammy-nominated singer kicked off her performance with an oldie but goodie. The Jackson 5’s classic song ‘I Want You Back’ received a symphonic twist as Monae honored the late Michael Jackson.

She followed that with a bombastic rendition of ‘Cold War’ from her album ‘The ArchAndroid.’ “There was once a time when I didn’t feel empowered as I as a young African-American woman,” she told the audience. “So I wrote this song so that you no matter what your color is, all women… and young girls can find their power.”

Finally, she ended her set with the bouncy throwback song ‘Tightrope.’ During her performance, Monae channeled the spirit of the late James Brown will her fancy footwork and velvet cape. The Godfather of Soul would have been proud of her showmanship.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize honorees — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman — were also enthused by the show as they stood up and clapped for the pint-sized troubadour. The three women were saluted for their non-violent activism for the safety of women and ongoing efforts for world peace.

Overall, it was an electrifying performance by Monae and, thankfully, it’s all on YouTube. Check out it below.

Watch Janelle Monae Perform ‘I Want You Back’ at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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Watch Janelle Monae Perform ‘Tightrope’ at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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