Grammy-Award nominee Janelle Monaé was honored by Lincoln and Essence magazine Wednesday at the Black Women in Music event in Los Angeles.
“I’m so overwhelmed,” Janelle told the room.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, one of the celebrities who helped push Janelle to the forefront, said, “I’m very excited. When you’re with somebody from day one, when you’re with somebody when nobody else is there and people look at it a little differently, it’s a proud moment when people start to notice and recognize their hard work. She’s worked very hard.”
Diddy said Janelle’s unique style and individuality is what sets her apart from other female artists and is what the industry needs.
“She’s the type of artist that’s saving the music industry. She’s hope for the music industry because she dares to be different,” he said.
Mary Mary, Musiq, Melanie Fiona, and Anthony Hamilton were among the artists who attended the second annual celebration.
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— Tracy L. Scott