Janelle Monae Sparkles With 168,000 Swarovski Crystals at 2020 Oscars

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Before taking the stage for a special performance with Billy Porter at the 2020 Academy Awards, Janelle Monae sparkled on the red carpet in a custom Ralph Lauren silver A-line dress with a hand-embroidered draped hood that reportedly took 600 hours to make.

Janelle Monae's hooded silver dress that took 600 hours to makeJanelle Monáe’s hooded silver dress that took 600 hours to make

Constructed with over 168,000 Swarovski crystals, her gown also features an open back and long sleeves.

The “Make Me Feel” singer accessorized with and variety of rings and Forevermark’s Lace of Light Diamond Choker boasting over 35 carats of natural diamonds.

Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren at the 2020 Academy AwardsJanelle Monáe in Ralph Lauren at the 2020 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9, 2020

Earlier this month, the 34-year-old singer revealed that she is battling mercury poisoning after following a pescatarian diet. In an interview with The Cut, Janelle revealed that she felt mortal for the first time

“I started feeling my mortality,” Janelle shared about eating a vegetarian diet with fish and other seafood.

Janelle Monae wearing a Marc Jacobs Spring 2020 dress at the 2020 Essence Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonJanelle Monáe wearing a Marc Jacobs Spring 2020 dress at the 2020 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Four Seasons’ Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on February 6, 2020

According to the Center for Disease Control, large amounts of methylmercury (organic mercury largely linked to eating contaminated fish or shellfish) eaten over weeks to months can cause damage to the nervous system.

Janelle Monáe rocks a Mara Hoffman look with Dena Kemp and Hirotaka jewelry at the 2019 AFI FestJanelle Monáe rocks a Mara Hoffman look with Dena Kemp and Hirotaka jewelry at the 2019 AFI Fest at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on November 14, 2019

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