Janelle Monáe dedicated her Grammy Nominations to Transgender people while speaking with Variety’s Marc Malkin at the Fem The Future Brunch with Instagram in West Hollywood
“My trans brother and sisters, they do it every day. And they are shunned from these sorts of events. So this one is for them,” said Monae.
“Being a queer Black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women, I consider myself to be a free-ass mother*cker,” she told Rolling Stone. “Later, I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with, too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”
Janelle Monáe also included the trans community and other women living without vaginas by having two dancers without the iconic pants..
quick reminder janelle monae made a really good song about women that included trans women in the narrative and conveyed that a vagina isn’t what makes a woman by having some dancers wear vagina based pants and some not pic.twitter.com/o1zi1AZtRB
— C (@netossoof) February 11, 2019
Via uproxx. Janelle Monáe paid loving homage to her late mentor Prince with a stunning Grammys performance of her Dirty Computer hit “Make Me Feel.” Decked out in a black, patent leather bodysuit, Janelle started her performance with a bass strapped around her shoulder, strumming her way through the opening strains of the song while flanked by similarly dressed dancers. By the end of her performance, she’d snuck in medley snippets of “Django Jane” and “Pynk,” right down to the flowery pink “pussy pants” that first featured in the music video. Joined onstage by a brass band, she strutted and preened in the fashion of her purple collaborator, with a finale that drew a huge reaction from the audience.