Congratulations are in order for Janelle Monáe. The Grammy nominated singer will be named Billboard’s Rising Star at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event.
“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 said in a statement. “I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring acts to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”
Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde is thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate the singer’s talents. “From her distinctive style to her unexpected collaborations, Janelle is truly carving her own path in this industry,” Werde shared in a statement.
The Billboard Rising Star Award, which acknowledges success and great potential among artists in the early stages of their career, will be held on December 10 in New York City. Also being recognized, Pink, who has been crowned this year’s, Woman of the Year.
And as HipHollywood previously reported, Janelle will make her musical debut on Saturday night’s episode of SNL. Monáe is set to perform her track “Electric Lady,” from her second studio album, The Electric Lady.