The invitation-only Grammy Awards week reception will also feature a performance by the singer with special guests and music by DJ Kiss. Take a look at what Essence editor-in-cheif Vanessa K. Bush had to say below:
“Emeli Sandé’s soaring confidence as a songwriter and fearless self-expression as a singer is in the tradition of many iconic female trailblazers such as Nina Simone.”
Essence president Michelle Ebanks added:
“Emeli is a global, multi-faceted artist, extraordinary storyteller and a bold and beautiful collaborator whose future is extremely bright. She follows in the tradition of what Essence has always done: supporting artists who are doing incredible things.”
Emeli’s top-selling U.K. debut album, Our Version of Events, has managed to sell 238,000 copies here in the United States, and peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top R&B Albums charts.
The 14-track record featured singles “Next to Me,” “My Kind of Love,” and my personal favorite <em”>Clown.”
Between the albums’ release, as well as before and after it, Emeli gained attention by collaborating with artists such as Alicia Keys, Nas, Rihanna, Labrinth and Naughty Boy — just to name a few.
Started in 2010 as part of Essence magazine’s 40th anniversary commemoration, Black Women in Music heralds the achievements of both emerging and established artists and influencers.
Emeli Sandé joins a list of previous list of big names such as Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, music industry executive Sylvia Rhone and singer/songwriter Solange Knowles.