What has Janelle Monáe done for you lately? Well, actually, a lot. Too much, really. Far more than we deserve, but later this month she’s going to honor one of her icons and one of the few remaining pop icons who hasn’t been canceled en masse, Janet Jackson.
Other presenters include Harry Styles, who’ll be ushering earthbound goddess and noted gypsy queen Stevie Nicks into the Hall, for the second time, this time as a solo artist—the first, of course, being as part of ’70s cocaine machine Fleetwood Mac; Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Oscar-winning scores will induct the saddest boys in the world, The Cure; and David Byrne will phone it in for Radiohead since Thom Yorke is apparently too British to attend.
But back to Janet and Janelle, a pairing made in musical heaven. Dirty Computer is basically Rhythm Nation 1814 with robots, so it’s wonderful to see one black female visionary honoring another.
Now if they only did an album together, thus all but ensuring world peace.
Meanwhile, Janet has been dusting off her legend wigs and collecting her flowers for the past year or so with tributes, honors, and awards pouring in from all corners of the globe. With all that’s going on with the rest of her family, I’m glad she’s got something to look forward to besides taking all my money in Vegas this summer.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 29 and then air on HBO on April 27 at 8:00 pm.