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Janelle Monae Honors Blues Legend Bessie Smith With Surprise NYC Performance

05/07/2015 11:24 am ET | Updated May 07, 2015
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Janelle Monae recently honored the legacy of blues icon Bessie Smith, performing a high-energy set at Manhattan’s packed Stephan Weiss Studios to kick off HBO’s "Bessie’s 81 Theater Tour."

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