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Essence's9thAnnualBlackWomeninMusicEventHonoringMissyElliott

Judith Davis
9mo New York, NY, United States Story
Essence's 9th Annual Black Women in Music Event Honoring Missy Elliott

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, ESSENCE, the number one media company for African-American women kicked off GRAMMY® weekend with its 9th annual Black Women In Music event held at New York City’s Highline Ballroom.  The event featured a surprise appearance by five-time GRAMMY winner, Janet Jackson who presented Essence’s 2018 Back Women in Music honor to four-time GRAMMY winner Missy Elliott.  

Essence Magazine Editor In Chief Vanessa De Luca attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

The evening featured performances from Rhapsody¸ whose album Laila’s Wisdom is nominated for 2 GRAMMY® Awards and recording artist, producer, director and visionary Leikeli47.

Leikeli47 attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

Other attendees included Danielle Brooks, Tarana Burke, Kaia Burke, Lil’ Mo, Sharaya J , Elle Varner, Broderick Hunter, Teyonah Parris, Jonathan Fernandez , MC Lyte, Ty Hunter, Mona Scott-Young, “Legendary Dam” Peruzzi, Kid Fury, Reginald Calloway, Slick Rick, Anita Wilson, Jimmy Jam, Daniel Caesar, MAJOR, Justine Skye, Lion Babe, Jessie Woo, Rapsody, Elijah Boothe, Phoebe Robinson, PJ Morton, Ericka Pittman, Janelle Monae, T.I., Vanessa De Luca, Michelle Ebanks, June Ambrose, Remy Ma, Victory Boyd, LaQuan Smith, Robin Thede, Ella Mai, Shari Loeffler, Leikeli47, Naturi Naughton , Yandy Smith, Alex B., Tank, Kap G., Tokyo Jetz, Fabolous , Misa Hylton , Claire Sulmers, Anthony Hamilton , Marsha Ambrosius, Erick Sermon, DJ Diamond, Dylan Dili, Alexe Belle, Isis Valentino , Alicia Quarles, Deion Smith, Dia Simms.

Janelle Monae attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

 Rapper Remy Ma attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

  Singer Marsha Ambrosius attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

  Naturi Naughton attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

 Designer June Ambrose attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)

Robin Thede attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)


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  • Leah 94
    9mo ago

    I am so glad this event is out there. I love all these women! @Judith Davis were you there that night to cover the event? What was it like?

    I am so glad this event is out there. I love all these women! @Judith Davis were you there that night to cover the event? What was it like?

    • Judith Davis
      9mo ago New York, NY, United States

      Hey there Leah.  It was another Pre-Grammy event.  It was fun and Janet was a surprise.  

      Hey there Leah.  It was another Pre-Grammy event.  It was fun and Janet was a surprise.  


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