NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, kicks off GRAMMY® weekend with its highly anticipated 7th annual Black Women in Music event to be held on February 11 in Los Angeles.
This year, the invitation-only soiree will celebrate 2016 GRAMMY®-nominated Black women in music with special performances by vocal powerhouses Andra Day and Jazmine Sullivan, with Adam Blackstone and the BBE All-Star Band. Music will be provided by DJ Rashida.
“ESSENCE wants to celebrate all of the 2016 GRAMMY®-nominated Black female artists with a night of mind-blowing performances featuring the soulful sounds of vocal divas Andra and Jazmine,” said Vanessa De Luca, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief. “In our February ‘Black Girl Magic’ issue, we highlight the dominance of young African-American women and how they are redefining the realms of fashion, sports, activism and more. This is definitely evident in music, as the artistry of this year’s roster of nominees—from rap, R&B, rock, gospel and more—continues to have an impact on our lives. Congratulations to all of these ladies for this year’s amazing achievements.”
“Each year, ESSENCE looks forward to bringing together artists, music industry influencers and fans during GRAMMY® week for a remarkable evening celebrating the many performers who not only entertain but inspire us,” said Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE President. “We also thank our corporate sponsors, Lincoln and African Pride Shea Butter Miracle, for their support of Black Women in Music as we recognize these brilliant women who touch our lives with their ingenuity and creativity.”
Established in 2010, ESSENCE Black Women in Music has heralded the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY® week. Previous celebrants include: GRAMMY® winner Jill Scott, GRAMMY® winner Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY® winner Kelly Rowland, GRAMMY® winner Janelle Monáe, music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone, and singer/songwriters Solangé, Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sandé. ESSENCE’s February 2016 “Black Girl Magic” issue also acknowledges the dominance of African-American females in the realms of the arts, sports, activism, tech and more.
The 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Music event is sponsored by The Lincoln Motor Company and African Pride Shea Butter Miracle. Stay tuned to ESSENCE.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essencemag #BlackWomeninMusic. Join in the discussion on Facebook.
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ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the ESSENCE Book Club, ESSENCE.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 45 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.