"When I got into the music industry, I wasn't focused on being the most famous artist or even getting a major record deal. It was just to make music on my own terms or create my own image, do my own hair, do my own makeup."
"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."Janelle Monae on Andy Warhol
"I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."Janelle Monae on Walt Disney
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous."Janelle Monae on Voltaire
"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free."Janelle Monae on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable."Janelle Monae on Ambrose Bierce
"I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them."
"Some songs you get. Some songs you may not. And I think that's the beauty of art: to question and to ask, to understand the deeper meaning after two or three or four listenings."
"I won't sit here and say I've never had a pimple, but I try to have a really great diet, you know, lots of vegetables and fish. And I think stress plays a huge part too."
"People in my family and camp who grew up listening to rap music love 'We Are Young.' I've heard it play at weddings. I've heard it in graduation parties. It's a big idea and big song."
"I believe that imagination inspires nations. It's something that I live by."