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"Billboard" is honoring Janelle Monae by naming her its "Rising Star" of 2013. 

The title is part of the trade paper's annual end-of-the-year Women in Music conference. 

In a statement, Monae says it's "always humbling and encouraging" to be "recognized for your hard work," and thanked "Billboard" for taking "note of [her] journey in the music industry thus far." 

Past honorees of the "Rising Star" award include Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. 

Janelle's most recent album The Electric Lady debuted at number five on the album charts earlier this year. 

The Woman in Music event is set to take place on December 10th. 

Monae is also making her debut as a musical guest on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. 

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