Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Janelle Monae, Billboard's Rising Star, Wants to 'Cultivate a Movement'

Janelle Monae, Billboard's Rising Star, Wants to 'Cultivate a Movement'

Recognizing both her critical and commercial acclaim, Monáe will be honored as Billboard’s Rising Star of 2013 at the Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 at the Capitale in New York. Monáe will join P!nk, who will be feted with this year’s Woman of the Year accolade. Billboard spoke with Monáe the weekend she opened BET’s Black Girls Rock! special.
The Billboard Cover Story: Janelle Monáe

The Billboard Cover Story: Janelle Monáe "Portrait of an Electric Lady"

ondaland smells like sugar cookies. No one is baking in the towering Atlanta home, though there is a delicate spread of dip and crudités arranged on the kitchen counter, next to a jug of a fruity cocktail known as Wondapunch. But the cookie scent is both mouth-watering and pervasive: It's being pumped through the AC, augmented by scented candles in every room, and seems meant to relax everyone w

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