Android artist Janelle Monáe is having an incredible week and year. She received news that she was nominated for two Grammys including “Album of the Year” for Dirty Computer. Then, she received the “Trailblazer Award” at Billboard’s 13th annual Women in Music Awards last night in New York City.
“I’ve discovered the most difficult trail to blaze is the one that takes us inside of who we are, individually and as a whole,” Monáe, who revealed earlier this year that she is pansexual, told the audience during her acceptance speech. “Being a trailblazer is about diving into spaces unseen and undiscovered, which can be very exciting and frightening at the same time. By us walking in our truths, it can sometimes give the next person the courage to walk in theirs.”
Dirty Computer is a Monáe third LP and it’s another critically acclaimed body of work in her discography. The album features Pharrell Williams, Brian Wilson, and Zoe Kravitz.
Other honorees 2018 Women in Music included Ariana Grande (Woman of 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)
Below is the entire speech: