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Watch Janelle Monae Start a Desktop Dance Apocalypse on ‘Letterman’

'The Electric Lady' got all 'Footloose' on top of talk show host's desk

Janelle Monáe demolished the Late Show With David Letterman last night (September 9), delivering a performance so masterful and spellbinding that Letterman himself dubbed the SPIN profile subject “the hardest working woman in show business.” The future-soul siren conquered the stage at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater to boogie through “Dance Apocalyptic,” a frisky, handclapped highlight from her recently released sophomore album, The Electric Lady. Fronting a live band stylishly outfitted in white, Monáe tirelessly shimmied, serenaded Paul Shaffer, danced on top of Letterman’s desk, tussled her perfectly coiffed ‘do, and closed by walking off camera like a bawse. Witness the magic above. And for an in-dept look at the wonder that is Janelle Monáe, be sure to read SPIN’s feature Does Janelle Monáe Dream of Electric Sheep?