Lianne La Havas is a British folk and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event is taking place on February 6 in Los Angeles and this year’s honorees include Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles.

Both women are being recognized for making “fresh statements” in entertainment and for personifying “what’s current, what’s new, and what’s next.” The event coincides with Grammy Week and is sponsored by Lincoln and My Black is Beautiful.

Solange Knowles is a singer, actress, DJ and noted fashionista

According to ESSENCE editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White, these ladies are not just changing the game, but also creating the rules.  “What makes ESSENCE Black Women in Music so distinctive is that we are able to highlight the success of amazing African-American women in music, who are not only changing the game, but also creating the rules…This year, we look forward to recognizing the incredible gifts of Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles, who are each making their own inimitable mark on the industry and around the world.”

This year’s event is hosted by Kelly Rowland and ESSENCE editor-at-large Emil Wilbekin and features performances from both La Havas and Knowles. Past honorees have included Janelle Monae and Mary J. Blige.

Don’t forget to pick up the February Issue of ESSENCE, which includes the 28 Days of Black Women in Music and “spiritual life coach” Iyanla Vanzant urging women to be more authentic…

“Be willing to share all of who you are. So many of us want a partner, but we’re not willing to show all of us. That’s why we have a weave, we’re wearing Spanx and everything is ‘fine.’ If you’re not willing to let your partner see your cellulite or know your biggest fears, then you aren’t really ready to share yourself…”