Janelle Monae & M.I.A. Did a Bi-Coastal Hologram Duet Because We Live in the Future

Marty McFly may have been on a bit of a stretch when it came to the whole hoverboard thing being part of the future. However, he and Doc weren't tooooooo far off in imagining some pretty far-fetched tecnological advancements. Case in point: Janelle Monae and M.I.A. performed a bi-coastal duet last night with the help of holograms. M.I.A. who was performing in New York was joined onstage by Monae who was simultaneously performing in Los Angeles and vice verse... via beams of light and ether and whatever sort of witchcraft scientists are coming up with these days. The results were absolutely flooring.

M.I.A. joined Monae for her smash "Q.U.E.E.N." and Monae sang in for M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls." Both artists were completely swept up with the experience. However, due to the insane costs of using such virtual insanity (see what I did there?), hologram technology isn't quite ready to be used in a grander scale... yet. According to Monae, "I'd be honored to experiment more with holograms and maybe make a whole band — but I love my band, I wouldn't want them to be hologram... I would do some experimenting with different versions of myself, playing different instruments." I don't know about you guys, but I'd totally be okay living in a world where a hologramed army of Janelle Monaes are running around. She is THE Electric Lady, after all.

The performances were part of a promotional event for Audi's new A3 launch. Check out a clip of the performance below, which is stone cold proof that we live in the future, robots can attain ascension, and the human race is doomed to some sort of Matrix-esque apocalypse. Or something.