Janelle Monáe dropped by Tuesday’s episode of Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to perform her new song “Turntables”. The track was written for “All In: The Fight for Democracy”, a documentary about Stacey Abrams and voter suppression in the United States.
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“Hands dirty, mind clean/A different vision with a new dream,” the multi-faceted entertainer sang. “We kicking out the old regime/Liberation, elevation, education.”
Alternating between stripped-down choruses and high-tempo choruses, Monáe and her band performed under a pale blue light in a warehouse.
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“Turntables” is on the shortlist for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards.
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global.