Janelle Monae is heading back to Brazil since her Rio 2 contribution “What Is Love” by being the face of Pepsi’s global 2014 futbol campaign “Now Is What You Make It.” And as the official ambassador, the feisty songstress is a part of a commercial in the 2014 World Cup host city Rio De Janeiro in which she covers David Bowie’s 1977 tune “Heroes.”
“We all loved the original so much, however we wanted to put some Atlanta in it, some down South in it, and a little bit of Rio in it and make it our own. We love David Bowie, and he’s a fan as well, so we just wanted to make him proud,” she tells Billboard about her remake.
The commercial features appearances from Pepsi’s all-star soccer lineup, including Robin van Persie, David Lutz, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Aguero, Jack Wilshire and four-time player of the year Leo Messi. Watch the full length version of Monae’s “Heroes” video here.