Hot Sheet: Go-getters
BY Advocate.com Editors
September 06 2013 3:00 PM ET
3. MUSIC: Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady
Janelle Monae is wholly original, not just because of her gender-bending style, but her genre-busting music and ease at straddling mainstream and indie sensibilities as well. Her second full-length album is a 19-song opus called The Electric Lady. This Kansas-born talent is unabashedly ambitious, from subtly comparing herself to Jimi Hendrix in the album title to recruiting some of the most beloved R&B and jazz stars in the world to duet with her — Prince, Solange, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Esperanza Spalding. But, according to MTV, Monae still shines on her own.