Like Prince and Kylie, Janelle Monae is incredibly short.
Monae is friends with Outkast's Big Boi, who is friends with P Diddy who signed her to his Bad Boy label. Sometimes it's literally that easy.
Monae is the kind of artist who releases songs as 'suites' and calls them things like 'March of the Wolfmasters' or 'Cybertronic Purgatory'.
2010's debut album, 'The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)' was significantly above average as this proves.
Whenever Monae performs say on a TV show or at a festival people get very excited and claim her to be the future of pop/R&B/dancing/everything. Then they forget about her again for a bit until she pops up again.