Janelle Monáe's performance at the Grammys was a tribute to vaginas and people were here for it

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyJanelle Monáe performed her single ‘Make Me Feel’ at the Grammys on Sunday.
  • Album of the year nominee Janelle Monáe performed her single “Make Me Feel” at the Grammys on Sunday.
  • During the performance, she said, “Let the vagina have a monologue,” which is a lyric from another of her songs, “Django Jane.”
  • She was then joined by dancers who wore pants made to look like vaginas, which also appeared in her music video for “Pynk,” nominated for best music video this year.
  • Fans were thrilled with the female-focused performance.
  • People also made jokes about older viewers being confused or grossed out.

Janelle Monáe took to the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday to perform her single “Make Me Feel” from her 2018 album “Dirty Computer,” which is nominated for album of the year.

In the midst of the performance, Monáe clearly declared, “Let the vagina have a monologue.” The defiant line is a lyric from another of her songs, “Django Jane.”

Monáe was then joined by dancers who wore pants made to look like vaginas. These pink, flowy pieces were prominently featured in her music video for “Pynk,” which was nominated for best music video this year (and named the second-best video of 2018 by INSIDER).


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Janelle monae grammysJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicMonáe and her dancers wore these ‘vagina pants’ in her music video for ‘Pynk.’

Women’s rights, LGBTQ visibility, and “black girl magic” were major themes on “Dirty Computer.” So while these details may not have seemed bold or particularly shocking for Monáe’s fans, they were thrilling, nonetheless.

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Some viewers, however, seemed less than pleased.

And still others made jokes about older viewers being confused or grossed out by the dancers’ pants or Monáe saying “vagina” on live TV.

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You can watch the Grammys live on CBS and see a complete list of the nominees and winners (so far) here.

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