Recording artist Janelle Monae attends the second annual Essence "Black Women in Music" event at the Playhouse Hollywood on Feb. 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

*Janelle Monae was lauded by Essence magazine on Wednesday night at the magazine’s second-annual “Black Women in Music” pre-Grammy event.

Among those in attendance included Diddy, who is a backer of her label, and rapper Big Boi, who was an early supporter of Monae and performed with her at the event, reports the Associated Press.

Monae praised both for giving “a girl from Kansas” a shot.

Monae is nominated for best contemporary R&B album for her debut CD, “The ArchAndroid” and best urban/alternative performance for “Tightrope” with Big Boi.

Check out red carpet pics from the Essence event below.

Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Janelle Monae and Big Boi

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae and her family