Every year, ESSENCE salutes black women in music who are making a fresh statement during their annual Black Women in Music showcase. The event (sponsored by Lincoln and My Black is Beautiful) takes place during Grammy week in Los Angeles. Past honorees have been movers and shakers such as music industry maven Sylvia Rhone, Grammy nominated Janelle MonÃ¡e, and Grammy winner Mary J. Blige.
For its 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event taking place on February 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, trendsetters Lianne La Hava and Solange Knowles will be 2013’s featured artists as an example of “what’s current, what’s new, and what’s next.” Havas and Knowles will each perform at the event hosted by Kelly Rowland and ESSENCE editor-at-large Emil Wilbekin.
ESSENCE editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White says in a statement, “What makes ESSENCE Black Women in Music so distinctive is that we are able to highlight the success of amazing African-American women in music, who are not only changing the game, but also creating the rules…This year, we look forward to recognizing the incredible gifts of Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles, who are each making their own inimitable mark on the industry and around the world.”
The February issue of ESSENCE includes a section called 28 Days of Black Women in Music, and will feature the contributions of African-America women in music; past, present, and future.
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