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Janelle Monae and Billy Porter At Oscars 2020

Janelle Monae Opens Oscars 2020 In Mr. Rogers Fashion

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By Chanel Love

Multi-talented performer Janelle Monae gave an energetic performance at the 92nd Academy Awards and stole the show. She opened the act singing Mr. Rogers Neighborhood theme song "A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood" rocking her trademark red lipstick and white button-down look.

At first, the performance reads like something you'd see on Broadway. Monae is theatrical and stunning as she continues her song and eventually approaches Best Supporting Actor nominee Tom Hanks and graces him with her hat, which she leaves on his head and heads back on stage.

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Tom Hanks Looks Thrilled During Performance

Tom Hanks on the red carpet
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Tom Hanks is nominated for his performance in the film "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood." This is his first nomination in nearly 20 years according to the Los Angeles Times. He portrays Mr. Rogers in the film. This character is a relic of the childhood of many.

The award-winning actor looks thrilled when approached in his seat by Janelle Monae. He laughs and turns to his wife and to utter a comment as he watches the performance continue on.

Billy Porter and Janelle Monae At Oscars 2020
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In one moment during the performance, Billy Porter takes to the mic and gives the audience a taste vocal sensibilities. Clearly Billy is a triple threat actor-singer-dancer just as the talent Janelle Monae is. He fits right into the larger-than-life scene draped in a matching red top and bottom that's framed with a dazzling, golden trench coat lined in a royal purple hue.

The mood on stage is bold, theatrical, and right on par with the spectacle that is the Academy Awards.

Janelle Shines On and Off Stage

Janelle Monae in Flower Crown at Oscars 2020
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Earlier in the night, Janelle Monae was seen razzle dazzling the crowd on the red carpet. Before Billy Porter joined the star on the stage for the opening performance, he had the pleasure of interviewing Janelle as he hosted ABC's coverage of the red carpet.

Porter squealed as he laid eyes on Janelle Monae's head-to-toe sparkling ensemble. They spoke about her role in the 2019 feature film "Harriet" and important takeaways from the film according to Janelle Monae and she sparkled off into the distance.

Reactions to Janelle Monae's Performance

Janelle Monae Shines on Oscars Red Carpet
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Janelle Monae captured the eyes and ears of the masses on the red carpet and on the Oscars 2020 stage. She sings, she dances, she acts, and she speaks up on issues that are important to her. During her red carpet interview Monae is quoted by the LA Times during live coverage of the event as saying:

“I think the important takeaway is to listen to black women,” Janelle Monáe said on the Oscars red carpet. “When we are in positions of leadership, when we have your support, we can do the unthinkable. We can do the impossible.”

Hats are off to Janelle for shining at this year's Oscars!

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