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Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
Robinson (/dʒəˈnɛl moʊˈneɪ/;[9] born December 1, 1985)[10] is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model. She is signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. After her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
in the United States.[11] In 2010, Monáe released her critically acclaimed first full-length studio album The ArchAndroid, a concept album sequel to her first EP. It was released by Bad Boy Records
Bad Boy Records
and reached the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200.[12][13] In March 2012, "We Are Young" by Fun., on which Monáe appears as a guest vocalist, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, her first appearance in the chart. In August 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl
CoverGirl
spokeswoman. On September 10, 2013, she released her second studio album, The Electric Lady, to critical acclaim. In 2016, she had major roles in two feature films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight, for which she received widespread praise. Her upcoming third studio album Dirty Computer
Dirty Computer
will be released on April 27, 2018,[14][15][16] preceded by its first two singles "Django Jane" and "Make Me Feel".[16] Monáe's music has garnered her six Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominations.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 2007–11: Beginnings and The ArchAndroid 2.2 2012–14: The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
and other projects 2.3 2015–2017: New deal with Epic Records, The Eephus, Moonlight and Hidden Figures 2.4 2017–present: Dirty Computer
Dirty Computer
and continued acting

3 Artistry

3.1 Musical styles and influences 3.2 Public image

4 Personal life 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 Discography 7 Tours

7.1 Headlined 7.2 As a supporting act

8 Awards and nominations 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit]

There was a lot of confusion and nonsense where I grew up, so I reacted by creating my own little world. [...] I began to see how music could change lives, and I began to dream about a world where every day was like anime and Broadway, where music fell from the sky and anything could happen.

– Monae on her childhood musical inspiration[17]

Monáe was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where she spent her early years. She is the daughter of a janitor mother and a truck driver father, Michael Robinson Summers.[18] She dreamed of being a singer and a performer from a very young age,[17] and has cited the fictional character of Dorothy Gale
Dorothy Gale
from The Wizard of Oz as a musical influence. She moved to New York City
New York City
to study drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, attending a performing arts camp called Freedom Theatre, the oldest African-American theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[clarification needed][when?] After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2001, she met OutKast's Big Boi, and then founded the Wondaland Arts Society with some like-minded young artists. She released her first EP The Audition in 2003. Reportedly limited to only 400 physical copies, it showcased her vocal abilities and unique Metropolis
Metropolis
concept that would also figure in her future releases. The CD album itself is extremely rare in its original compact disc format, and as such is a valuable collector's item. Monáe later appeared on OutKast's album Idlewild, where she is featured on the songs "Call the Law" and "In Your Dreams". Big Boi told his friend Sean Combs
Sean Combs
about Monáe, whom at the time Combs had not yet heard. Combs soon visited Monáe's MySpace
MySpace
page and according to a HitQuarters
HitQuarters
interview with Bad Boy Records
Bad Boy Records
A&R person Daniel 'Skid' Mitchell, Combs loved it straight away: "[He] loved her look, loved that you couldn't see her body, loved the way she was dancing, and just loved the vibe. He felt like she has something that was different – something new and fresh."[19] Monáe signed to Bad Boy in 2006. The label's chief role was in facilitating her exposure on a much broader scale rather than developing the artist and her music, because in the words of Mitchell, "She was already moving, she already had her records – she had a self-contained movement." Combs and Big Boi wanted to take their time and build her profile organically and allow the music to grow rather than put out "a hot single which everyone jumps on, and then they fade because it's just something of the moment".[19] Career[edit] 2007–11: Beginnings and The ArchAndroid[edit]

Monáe performing at the Austin Music Hall in 2009

In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. It was originally conceived as a concept album in four parts, or "suites", which were to be released through her website and mp3 download sites. After the release of the first part of the series, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) in mid-2007, these plans were altered following her signing with Sean Combs's label, Bad Boy Records, later in the year. The label gave an official and physical release to the first suite in August 2008, which was retitled Metropolis: The Chase Suite ( Special
Special
Edition) and included two new tracks. The EP was critically acclaimed, garnering Monáe a 51st Annual Grammy Awards Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single "Many Moons",[20] festival appearances and opening slots for indie pop band of Montreal. Monáe also toured as the opening act for band No Doubt
No Doubt
on their summer 2009 tour.[21] Her single "Open Happiness" was featured in the 2009 season finale of American Idol.[22] Monáe told MTV
MTV
about her concept for her new album and also discussed her alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather, she said:

Cindi is an android and I love speaking about the android because they are the new "other". People are afraid of the other and I believe we're going to live in a world with androids because of technology and the way it advances. The first album she was running because she had fallen in love with a human and she was being disassembled for that.[23]

In a November 2009 interview, Monáe revealed the title and concept behind her album, The ArchAndroid. The album was released on May 18, 2010. The second and third suites of Metropolis
Metropolis
are combined into this full-length release, in which Monáe's alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather – also the protagonist of Metropolis: The Chase Suite – becomes a messianic figure to the android community of Metropolis.[24] Monáe noted that she plans to shoot a video for each song on The ArchAndroid and create a film, graphic novel and a touring Broadway musical based on the album.[25] The Metropolis
Metropolis
concept series draws inspiration from a wide range of musical, cinematic and other sources, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
to Debussy
Debussy
to Philip K. Dick. However, the series puts Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis, which Monáe referred to as "the godfather of science-fiction movies", in special regard.[26][27] Aside from sharing a name, they also share visual styles (the cover for The ArchAndroid
The ArchAndroid
is inspired by the iconic poster for Metropolis), conceptual themes and political goals, using expressionistic future scenarios to examine and explore contemporary ideas of prejudice and class. Both also include a performing female android, though to very different effect. Where Metropolis
Metropolis
android Maria is the evil, havoc-sowing double of the messianic figure to the city's strictly segregated working class, Monáe's messianic android muse Cindi Mayweather represents an interpretation of androids as that segregated minority, which Monáe describes as "... the Other. And I feel like all of us, whether in the majority or the minority, felt like the Other at some point."[26][28] Monáe received the Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at the Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in 2010.[29] Monáe covered Charlie Chaplin's Smile on Billboard.com in June 2010. In an NPR
NPR
interview in September 2010, Monae stated that she is a believer in, and a proponent of time travel.[30] Monáe performed "Tightrope" during the second elimination episode of the 11th Season of Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
on September 28, 2010.[31] Monáe performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards
53rd Annual Grammy Awards
in 2011 alongside artists Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
and B.o.B; Monáe performed the synth section of B.o.B's song "Nothin' on You" and she then performed her track "Cold War" with B.o.B
B.o.B
on the guitar and Mars on the drums. Their performance received a standing ovation.[32] Her single "Tightrope" was featured on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, performed by Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart, Naima Adedapo, and Thia Megia. Monáe was featured in fun.'s hit single, "We Are Young" and also performed an acoustic version of the song with lead singer Nate Ruess, and the band. 2012–14: The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
and other projects[edit] Monáe was also featured on "Do My Thing" for Estelle's sophomore studio album, All of Me. In June 2012, Monáe performed two new songs, "Electric Lady" and "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" – from her then-upcoming sophomore studio album, The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
– at the Toronto Jazz
Jazz
Festival.[33][34] In July 2012, for the second year in a row, she appeared at the renowned North Sea Jazz
North Sea Jazz
Festival in Europe as well as in the 46th edition of the Montreux Jazz
Jazz
Festival in Switzerland on the 14th. In August 2012, Monáe was chosen as CoverGirl's newest spokeswoman.[35] In September 2012, Monáe performed at CarolinaFest in support of President Obama, just before the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.[36] In October 2012, Monáe starred in a commercial for the Sonos
Sonos
Wireless HiFi home audio system, and appeared in a Sonos
Sonos
commercial in 2012 with Deep Cotton. Boston
Boston
City Council named October 16, 2013 " Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
Day" in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of her artistry and social leadership. Monáe's first single from The Electric Lady, "Q.U.E.E.N.", featuring Erykah Badu, premiered on SoundCloud
SoundCloud
and made available for download purchase at the iTunes Store on April 23, 2013.[37] "Q.U.E.E.N." garnered 31,000 digital sales according to Nielsen Soundscan with the accompanying music video gaining four million YouTube views within its first week of release. In her 2013 interview with fuse, Monáe states that "Q.U.E.E.N." was inspired by conversations she shared with Erykah Badu about the treatment of marginalized people, especially African-American women, and the title is an acronym "for those who are marginalized"; Q standing for the queer community, U standing for the "untouchables", the first E standing for "emigrants", the latter standing for "excommunicated" and N standing for "negroid".[38] Thematically, The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
continues the utopian cyborg concepts of its predecessors, while presenting itself in more plainspoken, introspective territory in addition to experimenting with genres beyond conventional funk and soul such as jazz ("Dorothy Dandridge Eyes"), pop-punk ("Dance Apocalyptic"), gospel ("Victory") and woozy, sensual vocal ballads ("PrimeTime", featuring Miguel). The album features guest appearances by Prince, Solange Knowles, aforementioned Miguel and Esperanza Spalding[39] with production from previous collaborator Deep Cotton (a psychedelic punk act) and Roman GianArthur (a soul music composer), and was released to critical acclaim on September 10, 2013.[40] On September 14, 2013, Monáe performed along with Chic at the iTunes Festival in London.[41] On September 28, Monáe performed at the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park alongside Stevie Wonder. Monáe performed as the featured musical guest on Saturday Night Live October 26 with host Edward Norton.[42]

Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
performing at Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 8, 2014

Her voice is heard as veterinarian Dr. Monáe in the movie Rio 2, released in the U.S. on April 11, 2014, and her song "What Is Love" was featured on the soundtrack.[43][44][45] In April 2014, Monáe was invited to perform along with Tessanne Chin, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande, and Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
at the White House
White House
as a part of their PBS-broadcast "Women of Soul" event, which celebrated American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on American national musical culture. She performed "Goldfinger", "Tightrope", and joined in on the all inclusive performance of "Proud Mary".[46] On April 14, 2014, Monáe was the recipient of the inaugural Harvard College Women's Center Award for Achievement in Arts and Media for her achievements as an artist, advocate and feminist.[47][48] She tweeted earlier that day, "Headed to #Harvard to meet the beautiful ladies in the Women's Center. Can't believe I'm the honoree today. Just So thankful".[49] She was also recognized as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Harvard College Black Men's Forum at their annual Celebration of Black Women gala.[50] In mid-2014, Monáe had an interview with Fuse where she teased a follow up to The Electric Lady. "I'm working on a new, cool creative project called 'Eephus'", she said. "It's a big concept and you're not going to see it coming. It'll just land."[51] Later in 2014, Monáe was featured on Sérgio Mendes' latest album, Magic. She sings on the track titled "Visions of You".[52] 2015–2017: New deal with Epic Records, The Eephus, Moonlight and Hidden Figures[edit] In February 2015, Monáe[53] along with Epic Records[54] and its CEO and chairman L.A. Reid[55] announced that Monáe's independent label Wondaland Arts Society has signed a "landmark joint venture partnership" to revamp the label, now known as Wondaland Records, and to promote the artists on the label.[56] Jem Aswad of Billboard called Monáe a "mini-mogul" because of the deal and revealed that "the partnership will bow in May with a 5-song compilation EP called The Eephus, including tracks from rapper Jidenna
Jidenna
[...], Roman, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Monáe herself."[57] With this move, Monáe has become one of the few black women who run their own independent record label in conjunction with a major record label. In late March 2015, Monáe released the single "Yoga" off of The Eephus.[58] In mid-2015 Monáe attended various fashion events including London Fashion Week[59] and the 2015 Met Gala.[60] She began collaborating with Nile Rodgers[61] for a new Chic album and Duran Duran[62] for the album Paper Gods, their first album in over five years, and their single called Pressure Off. On August 14, 2015, Monáe, alongside the body of her Atlanta-based Wondaland Arts Society collective, performed her protest song "Hell You Talmbout", that raised awareness of the many black lives that were taken as a result of police brutality, with lyrics such as "Walter Scott, say his name. Jermaine Reid, say his name. Philip White, say his name...Eric Garner, say his name. Trayvon Martin, say his name…. Sandra Bland, say her name. Sharondra Singleton, say her name." She also gave a speech about police brutality after her performance on NBC's Today Show, "Yes Lord! God bless America! God bless all the lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today. We will not be silenced…"[63]

Monáe in 2016

By March 15, 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
proclaimed that she had assembled a collaborative track featuring vocals from Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya
Zendaya
and Missy Elliott, alongside production credit from pop songwriter Diane Warren
Diane Warren
and Elliott, titled "This Is for My Girls".[64] The iTunes-exclusive record will be used to both coincide with Obama's Texan SXSW speech and to promote the First Lady's third-world educational initiative "Let Girls Learn".[64] In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, alongside Naomie Harris, André Holland, and Mahershala Ali.[65][66] Monáe also starred in the film Hidden Figures, alongside actresses Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
and Octavia Spencer; the film was released in December 2016.[67] 2017–present: Dirty Computer
Dirty Computer
and continued acting[edit] While filming her two movie roles, Monáe remained active in music with features on Grimes' "Venus Fly" from her Art Angels
Art Angels
album[68] and also the soundtrack for the Netflix
Netflix
series The Get Down with a song titled, "Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)".[69] She was also on the tracks "Isn't This the World" and "Jalapeño" for the Hidden Figures soundtrack.[70] In an interview with People, Monáe revealed that she was already working on her third studio album when she received the scripts for her two first acting roles; therefore, she put the album on hold. She also revealed in the interview that she would be releasing new music sometime in 2017,[71] although by the end of the year no album or single was announced. On February 16, 2018, Monáe revealed her third studio album, entitled Dirty Computer, through a teaser video released on YouTube.[14][15] The album will be accompanied by a narrative film project, and the teaser video aired nationwide in select theaters prior to screenings of Black Panther.[15] Monáe recently held a series of "top-secret" listening sessions in Los Angeles and New York in support of the album.[72] On February 22, 2018, Monáe released "Make Me Feel" and "Django Jane" as the first two singles from Dirty Computer, both accompanied by their respective music videos[73] and announced that the album would follow on April 27, 2018.[16] After "Make Me Feel" was released, Monáe confirmed that Prince, who she previously collaborated with, helped her with the album. She stated in an interview with BBC Radio 1: "Prince was actually working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with some sounds. And I really miss him, you know, it's hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me."[74] It was announced in May 2017 that Monáe would appear in an anthology series based on the work of Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick
titled, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams that premiered on Channel 4
Channel 4
in the UK and on Amazon Video in the US. Monáe appeared in the episode titled "Autofac", which also starred Juno Temple, Jay Paulson and David Lyons.[75] It was also announced that Monáe had secured a role in an upcoming film titled The Women of Marwen by filmmaker and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis alongside Steve Carell
Steve Carell
and Leslie Mann.[76] Artistry[edit] Musical styles and influences[edit] The Telegraph published an interview with Monáe, talking about her first studio album, in which the journalist Bernadette McNulty said, "I begin to worry for a moment that Monáe may not just be a humourless science-fiction nerd, but actually an android herself, created in a laboratory as a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, André 3000
André 3000
and Steve Jobs, invented to test the desperate incredulity of music journalists." She also compared Monáe to artists such as Annie Lennox, Lauryn Hill, and Corinne Bailey Rae.[77] Her musical styles have been described as "a soaring orchestral trip enlivened with blockbuster vocals, mysterious imagery and notes of Sixties pop and jazz".[78] The Guardian
The Guardian
has noted some of her influences as: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Outkast, Erykah Badu, James Brown, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Bernard Herrmann, Funkadelic and the Incredible String Band.[79] Matthew Valnes likens her dancing style in the music video for "Tightrope", to that of James Brown.[80] In an opinion piece for The Quietus,[81] John Calvert places Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
within the Afrofuturism movement, pointing out her similarities to Sun Ra
Sun Ra
and George Clinton. He asserts that Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
is innovating the genre. Monáe has stated that she has an alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather who according to Monáe is from the year 2719.[82] In her first EP she gave her alter-ego a back-story stating that she was on the run after breaking the law in her home town of Metropolis
Metropolis
by falling in love with a human named Anthony Greendown. Monáe explained about Cindi, saying "The Archandroid, Cindi, is the mediator, between the mind and the hand. She's the mediator between the haves and the have-nots, the oppressed and the oppressor. She's like the Archangel in the Bible, and what Neo represents to the Matrix."[83] In her second album, Cindi Mayweather returned to Earth to liberate Metropolitans from the Great Divide, an oppressive oligarchy that used time travel to "suppress freedom and love".[84] Chris Champion of The Observer described Metropolis
Metropolis
and The ArchAndroid
The ArchAndroid
as "psychedelic soul with a sci-fi twist".[85] Matthew Valnes describes Monáe as innovating a more contemporary Neo-Afrofuturism, where her android role is used as a tool to critique the representation of Black female musicians in the funk genre. Funk
Funk
music of 1960s through 1980s is a prevalent music style influencing Monáe. On the website for Monáe's Wondaland Arts Society Collective, they assert "We believe there are only three forms of music; good music, bad music, and funk."[86] Monáe has also referred to herself as a "funkstress".[87] Monáe's roots in Kansas City, Kansas, where she was born and raised, are evident in her lyrics and style. According to Carrie Battan's Pitchfork feature on Monáe, the song "Ghetto Woman" directly addresses Monáe's working-class K.C., Kansas mother – as well as the portrayal of working-class black women in U.S. culture – with the line "Carry on, ghetto woman, even when the news portrays you less than you could be."[2] Monáe also told the London Evening Standard that she has internalized her KCK (K.C., KS) roots by wearing the working-class uniform of her parents and expressing concern that she cannot let "her community down".[88] On her album The ArchAndroid, especially in songs like "Cold War" or "BabopbyeYa", Monáe relates "the dystopian cityscapes depicted in Metropolis
Metropolis
to the boarded-up projects of poverty-wracked Kansas".[89] Kansas City, therefore, represents not only Monáe's physical roots within her hometown, but also serves as an important influence on her lyrics and science-fictional setting. Public image[edit]

I feel like I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls to help redefine what it looks like to be a woman. I don't believe in men's wear or women's wear, I just like what I like. And I think we should just be respected for being an individual.... I've been in Vogue, now, and different publications, which is cool, because I think that it just shows a different perspective of how women can dress.

– Monáe, on her image and artistic freedom[83]

Monáe's signature style is her tuxedo wardrobe. She said "I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it's so classy and it's a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don't want to cloud myself with too many colors or I'll go crazy. It's an experiment I'm doing. I think I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records."[90] Monáe's signature look harkens back to dandyism.[91] Citing Grace Jones
Grace Jones
and Josephine Baker as role models, Monáe takes the classical 18th century look in the classical white and black pattern.[92] Monáe's signature look can also be attributed to the early days in her career when she was employed as a maid as she revealed in her 2012 Black Girls Rock! Young, Gifted, and Black award acceptance speech.[93] Monáe has been known to distribute her Ten Droid Commandments which encourages her fans to be individuals.[83] The Telegraph also commented on her image as an artist saying "Sitting in a grey, airless record company office, this slight, stiff young woman delivers her speech in slow, deliberate tones, utterly expressionless. Dressed in her trademark starched shirt and tuxedo, hair immaculately coiffed, Monáe's face is an opaque mask of perfection: all silken smooth skin, button nose and glassy brown eyes."[77] She has described her tuxedos as being a uniform for her career.[83] She also featured in the "Style 100" of InStyle magazine.[94] Personal life[edit] During a 2011 interview with London Evening Standard, Monáe said that she "only dates androids", a reference to her musical alter-ego found in many of her songs. She also said, "I speak about androids because I think the android represents the new 'Other'. You can compare it to being a lesbian or being a gay man or being a black woman... what I want is for people who feel oppressed or feel like the 'Other' to connect with the music and to feel like, 'She represents who I am.'" She added that she would talk about her sexual orientation "in due time".[88] In 2013, Monáe stated that she wants both men and women to "still be attracted to [her]" and expressed support for the LGBTQ community.[95] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2014 Rio 2 Dr. Monae Voice

2016 Moonlight Teresa

Hidden Figures Mary Jackson Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture

2018 The Women of Marwen GI Julie Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2009 Stargate Universe Herself Episode: "Earth" Performed "Many Moons"

2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Performed "Tightrope"

2013 American Dad! Stan Smith (in transformation) Voice Episode: "The Boring Identity"

2013 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "Edward Norton/Janelle Monáe"

2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Alice Episode: "Autofac"

Discography[edit] Main article: Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
discography

Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) (EP) (2007) The ArchAndroid
The ArchAndroid
(2010) The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
(2013) Dirty Computer
Dirty Computer
(2018)

Tours[edit]

Headlined[edit]

Metropolis
Metropolis
Tour (2008) The ArchAndroid
The ArchAndroid
Tour (2010) Hooligans in Wondaland (with Bruno Mars) (2011) Campus Consciousness Tour (with fun.) (2011) Summer Soul Festival (with Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
and Mayer Hawthorne) (2011) The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
Tour (2013) The Golden Electric Tour
The Golden Electric Tour
(with Kimbra) (2014)

As a supporting act[edit]

No Doubt
No Doubt
Summer Tour (2009) Out My Mind, Just in Time World Tour (2010) California Dreams Tour
California Dreams Tour
(2011) I'm with You World Tour
I'm with You World Tour
(2012)

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Janelle Monáe References[edit]

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Janelle Monáe

Discography

Studio albums

The ArchAndroid The Electric Lady Dirty Computer

Other albums

The Audition Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) Wondaland Presents: The Eephus

Singles

"Many Moons" "Tightrope" "Cold War" "Q.U.E.E.N." "Dance Apocalyptic" "PrimeTime" "Electric Lady" "Yoga" "Hell You Talmbout" "Make Me Feel" "Django Jane"

Featured singles

"We Are Young" " Special
Special
Education"

Concert tours

The Golden Electric Tour

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Purple Ribbon All-Stars

Big Boi Killer Mike Sleepy Brown BlackOwned C-Bone Rock D Konkrete Vonnegutt

Bubba Sparxxx Janelle Monáe Fonzworth Bentley Scar DonkeeBoy Lil' Co G-Rock

Studio albums

Got Purp? Vol. 2
Got Purp? Vol. 2
(2005)

Singles

"Kryptonite (I'm on It)"

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble

2000s

2001

Gosford Park Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, James Wilby

2002

Chicago Christine Baranski, Ekaterina Shchelkanova, Taye Diggs, Denise Faye, Colm Feore, Richard Gere, Deidre Goodwin, Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu, Susan Misner, Mýa, John C. Reilly, Dominic West, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones

2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Elijah Wood

2004

Sideways Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

2005

Crash Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate

2006

Little Miss Sunshine Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear

2007

Hairspray Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Paul Dooley, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Elijah Kelley, Queen Latifah, James Marsden, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow, Jerry Stiller, John Travolta, Christopher Walken

2008

Milk Josh Brolin, Joseph Cross, James Franco, Victor Garber, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Denis O'Hare, Sean Penn, Alison Pill

2009

Inglourious Basterds Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Julie Dreyfus, Michael Fassbender, Sylvester Groth, Jacky Ido, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Denis Ménochet, Mike Myers, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz, Martin Wuttke

2010s

2010

The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Mark Wahlberg

2011

The Help Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

2012

Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Anupam Kher, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver

2013

American Hustle Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham

2014

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

2015

Spotlight Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

2016

Moonlight Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Alex R. Hibbert, Naomie Harris, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Frances McDormand, Clarke Peters, Sam Rockwell, Samara Weaving

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Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture

Sideways

2004

Crash

2005

The Departed

2006

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

2007

No award

2008

Nine

2009

No award

2010

The Help

2011

Les Misérables

2012

Nebraska

2013

Into the Woods

2014

Spotlight

2015

Hidden Figures

2016

Mudbound

2017

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Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2011

The Help Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

2012

Argo Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina

2013

American Hustle Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham

2014

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

2015

Spotlight Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

2016

Hidden Figures Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Janelle Monáe, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Octavia Spencer

2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Frances McDormand, Clarke Peters, Sam Rockwell, Samara Weaving

Complete list (1995–2000) (2001–2010) (2011–2020)

Authority control

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