Janelle Monae has been on the music scene for a few years now, but her eclectic sound took a while to be recognized by the mainstream. Now on her second major studio release “The Electric Lady,” Monae is starting to become a more recognizable artist, and she is set for superstardom. Billboard has announced that it will be honoring her as this year’s ‘Billboard’s Rising Star.’ According to Billboard:
“The Billboard Rising Star Award acknowledges success and great potential among artists in the early stages of their career. Monáe will join P!nk, who is this year’s Woman of the Year, at the event on Dec. 10 in New York City.”
“From her distinctive style to her unexpected collaborations, Janelle is truly carving her own path in this industry,” says Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde. “We are thrilled to celebrate her talents as this year’s Rising Star and look forward to seeing what she does next.”
The Billboard Women in Music event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in music, with past Rising Star honorees, including Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. The event runs in conjunction with the much anticipated publication of Billboard’s Women in Music Power Players list, which recognizes the top female music executives who are leading the industry with their artistic and business vision.
“Being recognized for your hard work and passion is always humbling and encouraging. I feel honored Billboard has taken note of my journey in the music industry thus far,” Monáe says. “I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring acts to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”