Justin Bieber's protegee Carly Rae Jepsen has been named Billboard magazine's Rising Star for 2012.
The 'Baby' hitmaker fell in love with singer/songwriter Jepsen's first single 'Call Me Maybe' after hearing it on the radio in his native Canada last Christmas and he immediately invited her to meet with his manager Scooter Braun, who snapped her up and signed her to his label Schoolboy Records.
Her catchy song has hit number one on charts around the world, in countries such as Canada, Australia, France, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S., and has inspired YouTube.com covers by superfans Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, James Franco, and Bieber's girlfriend Selena Gomez.
Now the 26 year old is set to be honoured at Billboard magazine's annual Women In Music event and she is flattered to land the Rising Star title.
A statement released by Jepsen reads: "As a singer-songwriter having grown up listening to and being influenced by countless female artists, I am truly honored to be recognized by Billboard with this award. I hope to inspire others through my music the way those artists have inspired me."
The Women In Music event will take place in New York on 30 November.