Janelle Monáe is one of the most magnetic performers of our generation and she showed some of the stuffy, black-tie attendees of a Ralph Lauren fashion show dinner at New York Fashion Week exactly why.
Held at Ralph's Club, footage has emerged of Janelle looking a million bucks in a tuxedo dress at the fancy '30s-themed dinner and absolutely tearing apart her performance of jazz classics - she's standing on top of dinner tables, crawling on the floor, stealing people's wine glasses, throwing bread sticks, sitting on laps and singing in people's faces, all the while not missing a single damn beat.
Backed by a big band, Janelle reinvented jazz classics like Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin and Nat King Cole as well as some originals.
You can watch her set from 12 minutes onwards - she starts off sultry and classic, only to pull off her blazer and totally tear the house down and damn, we wish we were there.
A meme has been making the rounds too of Cate Blanchett looking at her lovingly as she sings. Who can blame her?
— MONáEDROID (@monaedroid) September 8, 2019
I don't trust anyone who doesn't look at Janelle Monáe that way https://t.co/dmxqFL6Fe3
— Amanda Deibert (@amandadeibert) September 9, 2019
#JanelleMonae delivers a tour de force performance of jazz standards and original songs exclusively at #RalphsClub. "Hope is in the fabric of my work," she says. "If you've connected properly, the audience will leave feeling better about life than when they came in the room." #RLCollection #FW2019 #NYFW #RalphLauren