The Evolution of Janelle Monáe

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Afro Rockin'

In late 2012, Monáe performed at Black Girls Rock!, winning the Young, Gifted & Black Award and giving a heartfelt speech, saying: "When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses...Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable."

This was where her evolution was solidifed.

(Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)

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