Singer recorded cover of Bowie's classic single earlier this year
Janelle Monáe has performed her version of David Bowie‘s iconic single ‘Heroes’ on Late Night With David Letterman – click below to listen.
The singer appeared on the US TV show with a full band to perform the track, which she dedicated to “all the young heroes in the world”. Her version of the 1977 single is being used to soundtrack a global Pepsi Max FutbolNow commercial featuring Monáe on the streets of 2014 World Cup host city Rio De Janeiro, alongside a number of footballers including Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi.
Speaking previously about the track to NME, Monáe said: “I’m a huge David Bowie lover and comrade and he has been part of my musical DNA for quite some time. The song just emboldens me as an artist and I wanted to embolden the people as well.
“It makes me feel as though we can break through any chains we may have shackling us as a humanity. It’s very hopeful and inspirational, and I think we can never have enough of that.”
Janelle Monáe released her second studio album, titled ‘The Electric Lady’, in September last year. The LP, which was the follow-up to her debut ‘The ArchAndroid’, featured collaborations with Prince, Erykah Badu and Solange.