Time Inc.’s ESSENCE Kicks off GRAMMY® Weekend With Its 7th Annual Black Women in Music Celebration on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Event to Celebrate 2016 GRAMMY Nominees with Performances by Vocal
Powerhouses Andra Day and Jazmine Sullivan

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for
African-American women, kicks off GRAMMY® weekend with its highly
anticipated 7th annual Black Women in Music
event to be held on February 11 in Los Angeles.

This year, the invitation-only soiree will celebrate 2016
GRAMMY®-nominated Black women in music with special performances by
vocal powerhouses Andra Day and Jazmine Sullivan, with Adam
and the BBE All-Star Band. Music will be provided
by DJ Rashida.

“ESSENCE wants to celebrate all of the 2016 GRAMMY®-nominated
Black female artists with a night of mind-blowing performances featuring
the soulful sounds of vocal divas Andra and Jazmine,” said Vanessa De
Luca, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief. “In our February ‘Black Girl Magic’
issue, we highlight the dominance of young African-American women and
how they are redefining the realms of fashion, sports, activism and
more. This is definitely evident in music, as the artistry of this
year’s roster of nominees—from rap, R&B, rock, gospel and more—continues
to have an impact on our lives. Congratulations to all of these ladies
for this year’s amazing achievements.”

“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,” said Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE President. “We
also thank our corporate sponsors, Lincoln and African Pride Shea
Butter Miracle, for their support of Black Women in Music as we
recognize these brilliant women who touch our lives with their ingenuity
and creativity.”

Established in 2010, ESSENCE Black Women in Music has heralded
the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and
influencers during GRAMMY® week. Previous celebrants include:
GRAMMY® winner Jill Scott, GRAMMY® winner Mary
J. Blige
, GRAMMY® winner Kelly Rowland, GRAMMY®
winner Janelle Monáe, music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone,
and singer/songwriters Solangé, Lianne La Havas and
Emeli Sandé
. ESSENCE’s February 2016 “Black Girl Magic” issue also
acknowledges the dominance of African-American females in the realms of
the arts, sports, activism, tech and more.

The 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Music event is sponsored
by The Lincoln Motor Company and African Pride Shea
Butter Miracle
. Stay tuned to ESSENCE.com
for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter
and Instagram
@essencemag #BlackWomeninMusic. Join in the discussion on Facebook.


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world’s leading media companies,
with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide
digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each
month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include
People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern
Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.


ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company
dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in
publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,
ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for
African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE
Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music,
Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the
and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 45
years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the
leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions
relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional
information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.


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