Janelle Monáe is still spreading her message of pynk positivity.
Monáe’s third studio album, Dirty Computer, is up for Album of the Year at tonight’s 61st annual Grammy Awards, and she also nabbed a Best Music Video nomination for “Pynk.” The pansexual performer has now dedicated these nods to a group of people underrepresented during awards season.
“My trans brothers and sisters, they do it every day,” Monáe told Variety Friday at West Hollywood’s Fem the Future Brunch, which she co-hosted with Instagram. “And they are shunned from these sorts of events. So this one is for them.”
“For years, I have watched these shows and I have not seen that representation,” she said, addressing the importance of LGBTQ people and people of color at the Grammys. “The fact that Dirty Computer is an album that is about me and also about a community of marginalized voices, the fact that that got nominated, that means the world to me.”
Monáe also discussed how some people in her life had warned her not to come out publicly.
“My goal has never been to fit into any type of category,” she said. “And when you color outside the lines, and then you say, ‘Hey, also, I’m a queer black woman,’ some people can be a little afraid of that. And what that means and how do you market that and all those things. But it wasn’t about that to me. [It’s about] walking in your truth.”
Following the release of queer music videos for singles “Pynk” and “Make Me Feel,” Monáe came out last year as queer, revealing that she identified with “pansexuality” and had been in “relationships with both men and women.”
“I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker,” Monáe continued. “I want young girls, young boys, non-binary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you.”
Watch the Grammy Awards tonight on CBS.