Just in time for the 20th anniversary of her seminal debut Baduizm, four time Grammy winner Erykah Badu will soon receive a very special honor. The R&B/neo-soul heavyweight will be saluted by Essence at their eighth annual Black Women in Music event during Grammy Week.
“From the time that she first hit the scene with her album Baduizm, we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu," said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. "It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen, whose remarkable artistry still moves us 20 years later."
The Feb. 9 event will feature a performance by Nigerian singer/songwriting Tiwa Savage. Previous honorees include Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Solange and Andra Day. Badu will appear at the 2017 Essence Festival on June 29 through July 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans.