Jill Scott
Jill Scott
Jill Scott
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

Essence will kick off a yearlong commemoration of the 45th anniversary of its magazine in 2015 with a Black Women in Music Grammy Awards Week celebration that will honor recording artist Jill Scott.

Now in its sixth year, Black Women in Music will honor the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter for her incredible achievement, 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 Vanessa K. DeLuca, Essence editor-in-chief.

For the first time, Essence will invite fans to join a host of industry influencers for the invitation-only event on Feb. 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.

“Essence was groundbreaking in its founding 45 years ago, as is Jill Scott in her impact on music and the arts,” said Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence. 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 Black Women in Music heralds the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during Grammy Week. Previous celebrants include Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone and singer-songwriters Solange, Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sande.

The 2015 Essence Black Women in Music event is sponsored by Lincoln, Colgate Optic White and Glade. Stay tuned to essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow on Twitter and Instagram @essencemag #EssenceRedCarpet. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

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