News

Janelle Monae Billboard’s latest rising star

Janelle Monae Billboard’s latest rising star

'RISING STAR': Janelle Monae is the magazine's latest "Rising Star." Photo: Associated Press

Soul star Janelle Monae has been hailed as Billboard magazine’s Rising Star for 2013.

The Tightrope hitmaker, who counts music icon Prince as one of her close pals and collaborators, will be feted at the Billboard Women in Music event in New York this December.

She says, “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.

“I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring acts to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”

Monae follows in the footsteps of previous Rising Star recipients rapper Nicki Minaj and pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who took home the prize last year.

Meanwhile, Pink will also be celebrated at the Women in Music ceremony – she was recently named the recipient of Billboard’s Woman of the Year accolade.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top R&B tracks

averysunshine

LISTEN: This week's top R&B tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

It’s a dog-eat-dog world at the 2015 Puppy Bowl

17-overlay3

It's Ruff versus Tuff in the 11th annual football game of puppy power!

in Entertainment

Nickelodeon latest to offer streaming service

nickelodeon

Good news for "SpongeBob SquarePants" fans.

in Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: 4 unforgettable Super Bowl halftime shows

14-overlay1

Four of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows ever.

in Entertainment

Jeff Bridges hopes his new album puts fans to sleep

jeffbridges

"The Big Lebowski" star has released "Sleeping Tapes," a project full of spoken word pieces and meditation mantras.