Janelle Monae Pays a Visit to Sesame Street [Video]

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Female performers who thread the needle between being immensely talented without being raunchy are few janelle_monae_sesame_650_uand far between, but at the top of that list is Janelle Monae. So it came as no surprise that one of the newest faces of Covergirl headed to Sesame Street to teach a lesson or two on perseverance.

“I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on ‘Sesame Street,'” the vibrant singer told Billboard. “I’m here because I am teaching everybody on ‘Sesame Street’ the importance and the power of ‘yet.’ Never, ever, ever give up because there’s so much power in ‘yet.'”

Monae’s song, ‘Power of Yet’ will be featured on an episode of ‘Sesame Street’, and was written by the show’s music director Bill Sherman, who writes many of ‘Sesame Street’s catchy little jingles.

“I always tell people we’re not trying to write for any particular age group. We’re trying to write for everybody. By using current pop artists on the show, it opens kids up to all those sounds. And it opens up those artists to a generation they may not have gotten to,” Sherman said.

Here’s a clip from Billboard’s behind the scenes footage of Monae: