The Lincoln Motor Company partnered with Essence Magazine to deliver the 2016 Black Women in Music event. Lincoln proudly served as a presenting sponsor for the 7th annual edition of the show, which celebrates the contributions of African American female artists during the high-profile occasion of Grammy weekend.
The featured performers at this year’s Black Women in Music event held at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles were soul singers Andra Day (pictured) and Jazmine Sullivan. Day and Sullivan each received Best R&B Album nominations in the 2016 Grammys.
The high-profile performers for the 7th annual Black Women in Music included musical director Adam Blackstone and the BBE All-Star Band, along with DJ Rashida on the ones and twos. Attendees for this year’s round of performances included George Clinton, Queen Latifah and Christina Milian.
Essence President Michelle Ebanks discussed the greater significance of the Black Women in Music event.
“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,” Ebanks said. She also took time to thank the event’s sponsors, Lincoln and African Pride Shea Butter Miracle, for their support.
Since the event’s founding in 2010, the Black Women in Music stage has been shared by such superstars as Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Kelly Rowland, among others. This February, Essence celebrated the accomplishments of African American women in a variety of fields, including music, fashion, sports and activism.