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Happy 26th Birthday, Janelle Monae!

ESSENCE.com celebrates Janelle Monae's 25th birthday!
It’s hard to imagine a sensation like Janelle Monae being so young. Today we’re wishing the budding songstress, a happy 26th birthday!
This Kansas-born, Atlanta bred rocker has much to celebrate. This year has been stellar for Monae — she was honored at ESSENCE’s Black Women in Music event in February and at ASCAP’s “Women Behind the Music” ceremony in November.

When it comes to pure talent, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Up next for the rising sensation is the 18th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert set for Sunday December 11th in Oslo, Norway.

Join us in wishing Janelle Monae a happy 26th birthday!