Black Women in Music celebrated

2/1/2018, 9:13 a.m.
Essence and The Lincoln Motor Company sponsored two massive pre-Grammy events celebrating Black Women in Music this weekend.
Lincoln "First Listen" Media Dinner Photo courtesy of Aaron J./RedCarpetImages

Essence and The Lincoln Motor Company sponsored two massive pre-Grammy events celebrating Black Women in Music this weekend. The Lincoln Motor Company was the exclusive automotive sponsor for the Essence ninth annual Black Women in Music event in New York City at the Highline Ballroom Friday, Jan. 6, 2018. Jam-packed with big-name artists and pop culture influencers, the event was filled with surprises, celebrity sightings and a really good vibe.

This year’s event celebrated Grammy award-winning rapper, singer and producer Missy Elliott. During the event, recording artists Rapsody and Leikeli47 performed amazing tributes to Elliott, performing her hit songs, “Hot Boyz” and “She’s a Bitch.” Media mogul Mona Scott Young presented Elliott with the Visionary Award and introduced a surprise guest, the legendary Janet Jackson, who shared a heart-felt hand-written speech with the amazed crowd.

Celebrity arrivals posing on the red carpet alongside the all-new Lincoln Navigator included Naturi Naughton, Lil’ Mo, Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter, T.I., Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Janelle Monáe, MC Lyte, June Ambrose, Tracklib ambassador “Green-Eyed Bandit” Erick Sermon and activists Tarana Burke and Kaia Burke.

After the Black Women in Music event, The Lincoln Motor Company held its exclusive Lincoln “First Listen” media dinner at Dream Downtown hotel in Manhattan. R&B star Marsha Ambrosius performed to a room full of esteemed journalists and executives, including Jennifer Edwards, multicultural communications manager at Ford and Lincoln, and Raj Register, head of Cross Brand Strategy and Growth Audience Communications at Ford and Lincoln. Mingling beautifully with the Revel Cocktail-sipping dinner guests was Ambrosius, as she introduced husband Dez Billups and gleefully shared stories about being a new mommy.