Billboard Rising Star honoree Janelle Monáe celebrates 'unconventional, universal stories.'

When Janelle Monáe graced the cover of Billboard in June, her second album, "The Electric Lady," existed mostly on secret MP3s in the basement of her creative cooperative in Atlanta known as the Wondaland Arts Society. It was closely guarded, but there for the listening if you wanted to kick off your shoes and dance.

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