Janelle Monae is an American musician and performer who founded the Wondaland Arts Society, a band of performers and thinkers who bear the creed "We believe music is the weapon of the future."
Monae recently released Archandroid, a sweeping epic album that's taken the music world by storm not only because of its intelligence and beauty, but also because of Monae as a character- her energetic, gender bending performances have captivated viral media.
Monae recently turned some heads by doing a photoshoot with a moustache, and defended the look with integrity and sincerity when the "girlstache" was challenged. This is what piqued my interest in her as a performer and a persona, though I was well converted to a fan the moment I heard her album weeks prior.
Find her and Archandroid at http://www.jmonae.com/.