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Rising star Janelle Monáe at the 53rd Grammy Awards Event

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Published on Mar 15, 2011

ESSENCE & SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS SALUTE GRAMMY®-NOMINATED ARTIST
JANELLE MONÁE
AT 2ND ANNUAL ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN MUSIC EVENT
DURING 2011 GRAMMY® WEEK

SPECIAL GUEST GRAMMY®-NOMINATED BIG BOI OF OUTKAST

January 18, 2011 (New York, NY)—ESSENCE & Sean "Diddy" Combs will salute GRAMMY®-nominated artist and mega-talent Janelle Monáe at the 2nd annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event, an invitation-only, red-carpet event taking place during 2011 GRAMMY® Week. Hosted by ESSENCE.com Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin, Joy Bryant and Taraji P. Henson, Hollywood and the music industry will celebrate Janelle Monáe on Wednesday, February 9 from 7-10PM, at Playhouse Hollywood. The evening will feature an exclusive performance by Monáe, as well as special guest GRAMMY-nominated Big Boi of OutKast and music by DJ Rashida.

"Janelle Monáe is a remarkable creative force and a passionately talented young performer, who perfectly personifies ESSENCE as the 'voice and soul' of Black women," said Essence.com 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 ESSENCE Black 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."

ESSENCE Black Women in Music honoree Janelle Monáe is profiled in the February issue of ESSENCE magazine—on newsstands now—as part of an exclusive "GRAMMY Insider" editorial package. Singer, songwriter and high funkstress, Monáe burst onto the scene in 2007 releasing her first solo work, GRAMMY-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase. She followed that album with her first full-length LP, The ArchAndroid which blends the talents of executive producers Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe and Sean "Diddy" Combs, with co-executive production by Big Boi of Outkast. The album garnered a 53rd Annual GRAMMY Award nomination this year for "Best Contemporary R&B Album" and the album's first single, "Tightrope", featuring Outkast's Big Boi, is also nominated for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" this year.

Lincoln is the sponsor of ESSENCE Black Women in Music. Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to ESSENCE Black Women in Music. Follow us on Twitter @essenceonline #BWIM A BlackTree Media Production Thank you for watching! Blacktree is at all the hottest events on the planet (award shows, movie premieres and press junkets, fashion shows, etc.) and now BLACKTREE ON TV brings stars to YOU on Soul of the South! Watch Full episodes below, and tune in!

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