Sesame Street will celebrate 45 years on television this year, and they brought the stunning Janelle Monae in for the occasion.
On set to perform ‘The Power of Yet’, Monae told Billboard, “I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on ‘Sesame Street.’ 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.’”
Sesame Street hopes to be striking the balance between kids and adults with their choice of Monae. “I always tell people we’re not trying to write for any particular age group,” says Bill Sherman, the music director behind ‘Sesame Street’ who also writes many of the shows songs, like “The Power of Yet.” “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.”
Watch Monae’s performance in the clip below. —Max Weinstein