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Janelle Monae shocked by White House regular status

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Jul 31, 2013 | 2:27pm EDT

Janelle Monae still can't believe she has become a White House favourite after headlining four galas for U.S. leader President Barack Obama. The Tightrope singer performed at Obama's inauguration earlier this year (13) and reveals that was her fourth gig for the President and his wife. She tells Bust magazine, "I feel like somebody's playing a trick (on me). It just feels very surreal. Michelle Obama loved Tightrope so much and that's the song that really got me to the White House. "The first time I was there, I performed at a state dinner for South Korea. I got this letter in the mail that said, 'The President and First Lady would like to invite you to be our performer for the state dinner. We love what you do, and we think you'd be a perfect fit.' That was just, 'Wow!' They were sitting right in front of me. "Then they invited me back for the Easter Egg Roll and the Christmas party, and then President Obama asked me to perform at his inauguration. It was crazy."

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