Janelle Monáe performs at a political fundraiser in Los Angeles.
Soul and R&B artist Janelle Monáe performed for the United States President Barack Obama at a political fund raiser held in Los Angeles on July 23, 2014.
The gala affair was hosted at the home of ace American television writer/producer – Shonda Rhimes. Incidentally, Shonda’s current hit television show – ‘Scandal’ – is wrapped in political drama surrounding the White House. The show’s female lead Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) was the emcee for the evening.
Along with President Obama, Scandal actors Tony Goldwyn and Scott Foley, and music industry honcho Berry Gordy attended the event.
In a jovial address to the crowd, President Obama said, “She’s (Janelle Monáe) played so often at the White House, there should be a room named for her.”
According to reports, Obama revealed that the ‘Tightrope’ sensation has a video of him dancing with pop star Usher, “She can blackmail me at any time. I did not drop and split, but I did bust a move,” said Obama.
Janelle’s 2010 debut studio album ‘The ArchAndroid’ bagged her a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album, it also reached number 17 on the Billboard 200, making it a commercial as well as a critical success.
All the funds raised at the charity event will go towards the Democratic National Committee.