Janelle Monße (full name Janelle Monße Robinson) (born December 1, 1985) is an American R&B/soul musician signed to Bad Boy Records and Atlantic Records. Monae debuted with a conceptual EP, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). The EP failed to make much of an impact commercially speaking with the general public; however, the EP at the time peaked at the 115th Spot on the Billboard Charts in the United States. In 2010, Janelle Monae released her debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released widely to the general public under Bad Boy Records. This album received acclaim from critics and gained a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The song "Tightrope" was also nominated for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance"; this album was also more successful commercially officially reaching the 17th Spot on the Billboard Charts.