Janelle Monáe has been named Billboard’s Rising Star.
The singer will be honored with an award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held on December 10 in New York.
This prestigious honor coincides with the release of her second album, The Electric Lady, which bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
“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.”
Monae’s career took off after she nominated for a Grammy for the song, “Cold War,” from her 2010 debut album, ArchAndroid.