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Janelle Monáe Wins The First-Ever Spirit of Soul Award 

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Janelle Monáe Wins The First-Ever Spirit of Soul Award 

In her speech, Janelle Monáe shed light on “systemic injustice and abuses of power.”

Janelle Monáe stole the show at the 2023 BET Soul Train Awards, not only for their opening act but also as the recipient of the first-ever Spirit of Soul Award. Dressed in a vibrant and colorful flower cloak, the singer left the crowds thrilling with the performances of “Float” and “Champagne Sh*t.” But it was their acceptance speech that truly left a lasting impact. Joined on stage by Bobbi Lanea Tyler and Folayan Omi Kunerede of the rap group Flyana Boss, Monáe expressed their gratitude for the recognition.

With heartfelt sincerity, Janelle Monáe thanked the audience for keeping the soul alive and celebrated the evolution of the genre.

Janelle Monáe Wins The First-Ever Spirit of Soul Award 
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Drawing inspiration from their wise grandmother, Monáe reflected on the importance of allowing the spirit to guide and use us. Their grandmother’s words, “Let the spirit use you, baby,” resonated deeply and became a driving force in their lives. The singer emphasized the significance of taking care of one’s family, a value instilled by their grandmother. In their own unique way, Monáe has sought to shine a light on the black community through their storytelling, music, fashion, and artistic endeavors. Monáe’s speech also paid homage to their icons, who have greatly influenced their artistic journey.

Janelle Monáe Wins The First-Ever Spirit of Soul Award 
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From Grace Jones to the soulful Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, the iconic Earth, Wind, and Fire, and the late Prince, Monáe acknowledged the impact these artists have had on their own artistry. Quoting Prince, Monáe asserted their individuality, declaring, “I’m not a woman; I’m not a man. I am something that you’ll never understand.” Addressing the audience directly, Monáe urged everyone to let the spirit of love, kindness, and empathy guide their actions. They highlighted the need to combat systemic injustice and abuses of power, emphasizing the importance of creating an equitable society for all.

FAQs

Who hosted the 2023 BET Soul Train Awards?

The 2023 BET Soul Train Awards were hosted by Keke Palmer.

What award did Janelle Monáe receive at the Soul Train Awards?

Monáe received the inaugural Spirit of Soul Award at the Soul Train Awards.

Which songs did Janelle Monáe perform at the awards?

They performed “Float” and “Champagne Sh*t” at the Soul Train Awards.

Who presented Janelle Monáe with the Spirit of Soul Award?

Bobbi Lanea Tyler and Folayan Omi Kunerede of the rap group Flyana Boss presented Monáe with the Spirit of Soul Award.

Who are some of Janelle Monáe’s musical influences?

They draws inspiration from icons like Grace Jones, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Prince.

What was the message of Janelle Monáe’s acceptance speech?

They emphasized the importance of allowing love, kindness, and empathy to guide our actions and advocated for the creation of a safe and equitable society.

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