Janelle Monae Becomes The Grinch In Stunning Costume

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A Conversation with Janelle Monáe with Special Guests Nate Wonder and Sensei Bueno
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: Janelle Monáe speaks onstage at A Conversation with Janelle Monáe with Special Guests Nate Wonder and Sensei Bueno at The GRAMMY Museum on December 20, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

If you thought that you were the most committed to your holiday spirit in 2023, then maybe you shouldn't read this and stay blissfully ignorant.

Janelle Monáe is bringing a whole new meaning to the holiday spirit, as they're quite literally wearing it on their face. Moreover, they shared a new video of them donning a full costume of The Grinch that looks like it could've appeared in a live-action film of it. It's unclear whether the singer and actress will use this fit for something grander or if they just wanted to pop off and go a little bit harder on the "a very extra Christmas" front. Either way, the results certainly speak for themselves, and we can't imagine what they might do as an on-screen Grinch. After all, the Kansas City native is intertwining the worlds of movies and music more than ever these days.

Whether this Grinch outfit is for a video, some promo material, or just for fun, we're glad that they're celebrating with style and joy. This was an excellent year for Janelle Monae: their album The Age Of Pleasure, while not as conceptually daunting as previous work, still ranks as one of 2023's best, waviest, and most soothing auditory offerings. In addition, they also caused a lot of noise with their tour and proudly stamped their identity into the industry as always. Hopefully 2024 yields even more great things in whatever artistic lane will be tackled next.

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Janelle Monae's Grinch Costume

What's more is that Janelle Monae is also sharing this joy and excitement with plenty of other musical icons. For example, they recently tore it up at the club with Victoria Monét and Teyana Taylor, and the chemistry between these creatives is truly special. Not only are they all accomplished as directors and world-builders, but you'd be hard-pressed to find folks who do it as stylishly as them. Even when they just go out to have fun, these artists never fail to impress and captivate with their presence.

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old recently performed with Usher at a Las Vegas show, an unlikely but very welcome crossover. That shouldn't have surprised us, though; they often collaborate with so much diverse talent. Fingers crossed for even more special team-ups in the new year. For more news and the latest updates on Janelle Monae, log back into HNHH.

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About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.