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Janelle Monae Leads The BOMB (And Black) Oscars Opening Performance, Then Drops Trailer For Leading Lady Debut In 'Antebellum'

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Oh, hello gorgeous!  Janelle Monae floated onto tonight's Oscars red carpet giving us Grace Jones meets Cinderella, and we stan.  Get into her super bomb opening performance, and a sneak peek at the upcoming flick where she makes her leading lady debut.

 

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Who's that girl?!

It's the one and only Janelle Monae, dropping gems while covered in crystals outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

 

Janelle rocked a custom, sparkling, Raph Lauren gown, covered in 108 Swarovski crystals, complete with a hood and an open back.  Stunning!  Just get into it real quick:

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Loves it.

As soon as she gathered our lives on the carpet, she didn't let up as the opening act of the 2020 Academy Awards.  She said proudly during the performance, “I'm proud to stand here as a black queer woman. Happy Black History Month!”  And she took us from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood to Janelle’s neighborhood.  You gotta see it:

 

Featuring all black backup dancers dressed in tribute to films, she saluted women directors, women-led films (like Midsommar) and black-led films (like Us) and other amazing projects, whether they were nominated or not.  Billy Porter also made a special appearance.

And yes, folks were wondering why the Oscars won't just let our girl host the whole damn thing.

 

A queen.

She may get her chance soon, seeing that she officially has her first role as a leading lady.  The Harriet star just dropped the trailer for her upcoming film, Antebellum, also starring Gabourey Sidibe.  Check it:

 

You here for it?!

Photos: Pacific Coast News/Getty

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