Janelle Monae Celebrates Prince – Singer Janelle Monae has paid a tribute to her late mentor Prince at the 2016 Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
“Oh, we’re gonna party. We’re gonna celebrate Prince,” she said as she took the stage. “My entire set is dedicated to him. He was free. He was fearless. He was music. He was rock and roll. He was on beat. I am because he was. We’re gonna break boundaries, just like he did.”
“He stood for the weirdos. He stood for the unique and he stood for those who couldn’t stand up for ourselves,” she said. “This is a time when we have to protect ourselves as human beings. Not black or white. As human beings.”
She performed two of Prince’s songs: Take Me With U and Let’s Go Crazy, and after the show took to Twitter to let her feelings out.
“Truthfully, I am in a state of shock & disbelief that my close friend, my confidante, & hero has passed,” she wrote. “This is a different kind of pain.”