Janelle Monáe Is 2018's Trailblazer at Billboard Women in Music

“By us strolling in our truths, it will possibly typically give the subsequent individual the braveness to stroll in theirs,” she stated

Janelle Monáe appeared again on a 12 months pressional and private milestones whereas accepting the Trailblazer award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music ceremony at New York's Pier 36 on Thursday (Dec. 6).

“Being a trailblazer is about diving into areas unseen and undiscovered,” Monáe stated. “For me, that meant uncovering points who I’m with the intention to make areas for others.”

The singer's critically acclaimed third studio album, Dirty Computer, arrived in April. That month, she additionally got here out as queer in a Rolling Stone cowl story. While discovering a brand new path "ten contains bitter battles with anxiousness and despair and] requires blind religion and therapist," Monáe stated, the chance to offer again to her neighborhood makes it value it: "I hope that by doing so I’ve created just a little extra gentle for somebody making an attempt to find themselves."

Monáe additionally recounted a narrative about how the earlier night time, a fan instructed her that Dirty Computer impressed her to return out to her mom and grandmother. "Moments like these, they remind you that], it doesn’t matter what's happening in your life, how unhealthy you’re feeling, by us strolling in our truths, it will possibly typically give the subsequent individual the braveness to stroll in theirs," she stated.

Rising rapper Tierra Whack introduced Monáe with the award. In her introduction, she praised the way in which Monáe blazes her personal path whereas inspiring others to not comply with, however to search out their very own paths as effectively: “In being her personal stunning self, she encourages you, me and all us to be our stunning selves too.” (The feeling is mutual: "The manner you’re innovating proper now’s so inspiring me," Monáe instructed Whack. "Keep going. Go additional than the place I’m taking it.") 

Monae is one a number of 2018 Women in Music honorees, together with Ariana Grande (Woman the Year), Cyndi Lauper (accepting the Icon award), Kacey Musgraves (the Innovator award), SZA (the Rule Breaker award) and Hayley Kiyoko (the Rising Star award).