AceShowbiz - Janelle Monae broke down during an emotional performance of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" on Thursday's April 30, 2020 "Pay It Forward Live" broadcast.
The Grammy-nominated star performed as part of Verizon's weekly streaming entertainment series in support of small businesses affected by Covid-19. But the global health crisis has clearly impacted the star as she struggled to make it through her set.
After speaking with a fan named Angel - the proprietor of Eden's Glow, an independent New Jersey company that sells handmade candles and soaps that's struggling through the pandemic - Janelle began to sing "Smile".
However, she was forced to stop as she struggled to complete the verse, telling fans, "Fandroids, I'm going to need your help to get me through this. This is a lot… I'm not going to be able to get through this song."
After the "Dirty Computer" star halted mid-song for a second time, she delivered an impassioned speech, reflecting, "This is a time that community is so important, and it's really great that we can lean on one another during these times."
"I just want to let you guys know that we're going to come out on the other side. There will be a vaccine. So just remember, then, those who have lost families and friends, who have lost loved ones and couldn't be with them as they transitioned," she added. "I see you. I love you. I'm praying for you. Those who are unable to get tests, those who have to listen to this administration, the lack of resources we have right now to financially make it through this, I'm with you. I'm right there with you. We're right there with you. We're all going through different stages of this."
The hitmaker eventually regained her composure and managed to finish the song, ending with a triumphant mic-drop as she ran out of time.
You can watch the full livestream here.