Hailing from Kansas, Janelle Monae started entertaining when she was a child. Her breakthrough moment happened in 2005 when Big Boi extended an invitation to her to contribute her talents to multiple OutKast tracks. Eventually, she inked a contract deal with Sean "Puffy" Combs' label, Bad Boy Records. TheArchAndroidalbum arrived in 2010, climbing to No. 17 on the Billboard charts. The album also earned her a Grammy nod. Her sophomore effort,The Electric Lady, dropped in 2013. Both Erykah Badu and Prince lent their vocals to the album as well.