In 2010, a prestigious guest slipped backstage for the first Montreux show from the amazing Janelle Monáe: none other than Prince! He became the Atlanta singer’s mentor, and worked on what would become Dirty Computer, celebrated as one of the best albums of 2018. From the New York Times to the Guardian, the critics are unanimous: deliciously funk, strikingly eccentric and pop, Janelle Monáe serves up a powerful manifesto for an inclusive America, punctuated by solid performances by guest artists including, notably, Grimes and Pharrell Williams. Throughout the album, this actress from Moonlight and Hidden Figures sings and raps about how proud she is to be female, black, and queer. Freer than ever.