Janelle Monáe - Honorees - The Gordon Parks Foundation

A GRAMMY Award-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, producer, and CoverGirl spokesperson, Janelle Monáe is known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. In 2010, Monáe released the highly anticipated and critically-acclaimed album The ArchAndroid, which earned her two GRAMMY Award nominations.

In 2013, her celebrated album reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The video for the album's first single, "Q.U.E.E.N.," received a coveted MTV VMA Moonman. In 2013, Monáe received Billboard's prestigious 2013 Rising Star Award. 

Most recently, Monáe was presented with the Jane Ortner Education Award from Michelle Obama and the Grammy Museum. She was also acknowledged by the Harvard College Women's Center and the Harvard College Black Men's Forum. In February 2015, Monáe announced her independent label, WONDALAND RECORDS, through a joint venture partnership with Epic Records.