- Janelle Monáe wows at Soul Train Awards with show-stopping performance
- Monáe performed her latest single "Float"
- She also gave an inspirational speech
Subtitle: Janelle Monáe (38), electrifies the BET Soul Train Awards, winning the Spirit of Soul Award and delivering a powerful message of love and unity.
The BET Soul Train Awards were nothing short of spectacular, and the star of the night? None other than the multi-talented Janelle Monáe! The singer, actress, and fashion icon took the stage by storm, not just with a mesmerizing performance but also with a heartfelt acceptance speech that left the audience both inspired and in awe.
A floral spectacle
Decked out in a vibrant flower cloak, Monáe kicked off the night with a bang, performing “Float” from their latest single, 'The Age of Pleasure.' But wait, there's more! The artist then seamlessly transitioned into their second act, “Champagne Sh*t,” turning the stage into a toast to life and resilience, with the audience raising their glasses in a collective cheer.
Spirit of Soul honoree
After their electric set, rap duo Bobbi LaNea and Folayan of Flyana Boss presented the 38-year-old powerhouse with the Spirit of Soul Award. In a speech that resonated with everyone present, Monáe paid homage to their family, spoke against systemic injustice, and expressed gratitude for being part of a community that celebrates the evolution of soul.
Monáe shared their grandmother's wise words, “Let the spirit use you, baby,” emphasizing the importance of humility, family, and community. The “Lipstick Lover” vowed to continue shining a light on their community through various forms of art, always bringing it back to the essence of Blackness and beauty.
Influences and a call to action
The speech wouldn't be complete without a nod to Monáe's icons, including the legendary Grace Jones, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and the late Prince, whose words they echoed, “I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I am something that you’ll never understand.”
Monáe didn't shy away from addressing systemic injustices and urged the audience to let love, kindness, empathy, and peace guide them towards creating a safer and more equitable world for all.
As the night concluded, Monáe's performance and speech were a testament to their indomitable spirit and the power of soul music. If you missed the magic, catch a glimpse of Janelle Monáe's unforgettable moment above and be inspired!