Best Cuddle Moment: Janelle Monae
Janelle is known for her blistering live sets: Her band is tight, her backup singers can wail, and she has a swaggering groove that guides the whole vibrant ship. Singles like "Electric Lady" and "Tightrope" turned the Gov Ball into the kind of party that makes you wonder why she isn't selling out stadiums like Bruno Mars, particularly because her music is wholly her own. But even when she took the energy level down to perform the Pixies-inflected love song "Primetime" (without Miguel), there was an unshaken buoyancy throughout the crowd. "This is a song for lovers," she said as the band began. "And if you don't have a lover, I'll be your lover." It was one of the only appropriate times at the festival to nuzzle your mate or, with Monáe's olive branch to the lonely, to feel some kind of love. Even the broiest of bros were swaying their hips as she belted the words. C.L.