Janelle Monáe to Receive SeeHer Award at 2023 Critics Choice Awards

Janelle Monáe to Receive SeeHer Award at 2023 Critics Choice Awards

Monae, who is a film and music superstar, is the third recipient of this award. Zendaya and Kristen Bell were the first recipients.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.


Janelle Monae will receive the seventh annual SeeHer Award at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. The show will be broadcast live on The CW by Chelsea Handler.

The SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who champions gender equality, portrays characters authentically, defies stereotypes, and pushes boundaries. SeeHer is a global movement to accurately portray women and girls in media.

Monae is the third recipient of the award who is both a film and music star, following Kristen Bell (2020) and Zendaya (2021). The other SeeHer recipients have been Viola Davis (2017), Gal Gadot (2018), Claire Foy (2019) and Halle Berry (2022).

Monae has been nominated eight times for Grammys, but she has yet to win. Her top nominations are album of the year for Dirty Computer (2018) and as a featured artist on fun. ‘s Some Nights (2012) and record of the year as a featured artist on fun.’s “We Are Young” (2012).

Monae currently stars in Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, alongside Daniel Craig, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, and Leslie Odom Jr. She also starred in Lionsgate’s Antebellum, Focus Features’ biopic Harriet and Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.

Other acting credits include Moonlight, the 2016 Oscar winner for best picture, and Hidden Figures, a nominee in that category that same year.

The Trevor Project recently awarded Monae the Suicide Prevention Advocates of the Year award. She is co-chair of When We All Vote and spearheads Fem the Future.

Monae published her first book, The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, in April.

The Critics Choice Awards will broadcast live on The CW on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 7: 00 p.m. to 10: 00 pm ET (delayed PT). The show will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

As previously announced, Jeff Bridges will be awarded the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.

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