ESSENCE will kick off a year-long commemoration of the 45th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine in 2015 with a special ‘Black Women in Music’ GRAMMY Awards Week celebration. Now in its sixth year, ‘Black Women in Music’ will honor GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott for her incredible achievements, singular artistry and powerful storytelling.
“Jill Scott is the quintessential ESSENCE woman. Like many of the female artists who inspired her, she has touched the collective soul of women across generations,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca.
For the first time, ESSENCE will invite a passionate community of music fans to join a host of industry influencers for the invitation-only event held on February 5, 2015, which will include an exclusive performance from Scott as well as several featured performances representing the classic eras in music – ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond.
Michelle Ebanks, President of ESSENCE, added: “ESSENCE was groundbreaking in its founding 45 years ago, as is Jill Scott in her impact on music and the arts. She is a fearless innovator, and it is our honor to continue to build community by bringing together music industry influencers and fans during GRAMMY week for an epic celebration.”
Established in 2010, ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women in Music’ continues to herald the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY week. Previous celebrants include: GRAMMY-winner Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY-winner Kelly Rowland, GRAMMY-nominee Janelle Monae, music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone, and singer/songwriters Solange, Lianne La Havas, and Emeli Sande.