Janelle Monáe, the "Electric Lady", was honored as Billboard's "Rising Star for 2013" at the Billboard Women in Music, held on December 10th, 2013.
It is hard to really conceive Monáe as a "Rising Star" as she has been on the scene since 2007. In 2008, she was nominated for a Grammy award, two MTV awards and won a Vanguard (ASCAP) award. She has been consistent in earning numerous awards and nominations over the years. More recently, in 2012, she received the "Young, Gifted & Black" award at BET's Black Girls Rock! award show and the "Best Art Direction" MTV award for "Q.U.E.E.N." For 2013, she also received the Soul Train Award for Video of the Year ("Q.U.E.E.N.").
Billboard interviewed the star before the award was bestowed and she had this to say about the "Rising Star award:
"I just want to first acknowledge how amazing this honor is, and how humbled I am, how unexpected it was. This is just the beginning of my career, and we’ve worked very hard, and we’ve built something with Wondaland Arts Society. We’ve been working very hard to construct this angle, the music in the music industry, and from the perspective of what it means to be a young female artist these days in the music industry.
My journey is continuing. We’re not stopping or sitting back and reflecting or saying, “Hey, I’ve made it, I’ve arrived.” I’ve acknowledged it, and am acknowledging now, how encouraging it is to be recognized. This year, releasing "The Electric Lady" — which is deeply rooted in community and the female protagonist story of our community—has been such a great joy to be able to tell stories about these women—these unconventional, universal stories that don’t get talked about or discussed all the time.
I made sure that "The Electric Lady" had strong themes, so many walks of life. And now going out and performing the songs and looking at young girls in the audience being inspired by the album, to tour and know that these stories are really encouraging young girls—to know that they see themselves in the album, as a part of this movement—it’s a sign of success. I feel as though we’re continuing to try to be successful and being just that."
This recent "Rising Star" award has definitely been earned. The strikingly beautiful and artsy entertainer stays true to her style and music.
There is much more to be expected from the young star.
She is a great role model and talent and we wish her all the best!
Congratulations "Electric Lady".
Jazz in the Gardens, held in Miami Gardens, Florida during March of each year, should really reach out to Janelle Monáe. She would bring an eclectic crowd to the festival.