Let’s Watch A Preview of Janelle Monáe Being Amazing On “Sesame Street”

I’ve been on the edge of my seat ever since Possible Best Person Ever Janelle Monáe posted a picture of herself partying with my personal role model Oscar the Grouch on Instagram a few weeks ago.  She looked radiant, ecstatic, and perfectly natural – she’s practically an honorary muppet when it comes to cuteness and perfection, so this scenario seemed almost inevitable.  Frantic Googling revealed that indeed, Ms. Monáe would appear in an episode of Sesame Street, and that she’d be interacting with almost all the beloved muppets of my childhood.


Learning the alphabet while dumpster diving.

Sesame Street’s 45th season will premiere in September 2014 (!!!), but Billboard.com were kind enough to post this adorable video preview of Janelle and friends putting together her performance of “The Power of Yet,” a super-catchy, mega-empowering song about never giving up.  Sesame Street’s music director (my dream job) Bill Sherman explains that the song isn’t really for any one specific age group, and that part of the fun about having modern pop stars on the show is helping them reach a broader audience. 

Is it me or are she and Abby Cadabby totally flirting???

Billboard.com are clearly just as in love with Ms. Monáe as we are.  At last month’s annual Billboard Women In Music awards ceremony, she was named honorary Rising Star and also got to watch CHVRCHES perform a pretty sweet cover of “Tightrope.”  So far, 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty excellent year for lady musicians and muppets alike.

Janelle Monáe teaches Bert how to tie a bowtie.

“Trust me, Bert, nobody can resist a dapper queer in a bowtie.”

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Stef Schwartz is a founding member and the self-appointed Vapid Fluff Editor at Autostraddle.com. She currently resides in New York City, where she spends her days writing songs nobody will ever hear and her nights telling much more successful musicians what to do. Follow her on twitter and/or instagram.

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  1. I saw this yesterday and swooned. Abby Cadabby and her totally had some chemistry going on! I really want to see the episode! Muppets and Janelle Monae are two of my favorite things in the world.

  2. Omg I want Janelle Monae to tickle me under the chin and adjust my bow tie THIS IS EVERYTHING I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED

  3. Omg. Is it weird that I want to watch this episode of Sesame Street? I have zero children and maybe I will watch anyways?

  4. This looks like such a fun episode! And thank god they’re exposing children to excellent music.

    Thanks for writing about this sunshine, Stef!!

  5. She is everything I want to both be and fuck. Ah. The ultimate Queer Dilemma.

    it is only so sad that elmo couldn’t be there for this.

    unless he is.

    but i don’t think he is. because kevin clash. because why KEVIN WHY?

    Janelle. you are a perfect android. And you have my heart foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


    • actually it looks like elmo is wearing a tux in the dapper dance party group scene! your prayers have been answered.

  6. Will it make me a bad mother if I make my future children watch this with me while we all wear suits and bowties?

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