ESSENCE Black Women in Music Event Salutes Janelle Monae


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She’s most infamous for her bouncy pompadour, artistically vintage swag and her unforgettable prolific sound…almost a mix between Outkast, Michael Jackson and Prince. GRAMMY nominated artist and mega-talent Janelle Monae will be saluted by ESSENCE & Sean “Diddy” Combs at the 2nd annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event, an invitation-only, red-carpet event taking place on Wednesday February 9 from 7-10PM, at Playhouse Hollywood.

The event is hosted by Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin, Joy Bryant and Taraji P. Henson. The evening will feature an exclusive performance by Monae, as well as a special guest GRAMMY-nominated Big Boi of Outkast and music by DJ Rashida.

“Janelle Monae is a remarkable creative force and a passionately talented young performer, who perfectly personifies ESSENCE as the ‘voice and soul’ of Black women,” said managing editor Emil Wilbekin. “As fans around the world continue to embrace Janelle’s artistic vision, we are recognizing her tremendous influence among her peers with a salute to her contributions at the 2nd annual ESSENCEBlack Women in Music event.”

“As the cornerstone of African-African culture, music is synonymous with the ESSENCE brand,” commented ESSENCE president Michelle Ebanks. “Black female musicians from Bessie Smith to Beyonce; Abbey Lincoln to Aretha Franklin have told our stories through their music. For Black women around the world — ESSENCE editorial, as well as signature ESSENCE programs such as Black Women in Music and the Essence Music Festival remain a valuable source of inspiration and a coveted platform for expression.”

Janelle Monae is profiled in the February issue of ESSENCE magazine-on newsstands now! Check it out!




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