Dallas' resident diva and claim to R&B fame Erykah Badu will soon have another accolade under her hat -- err, belt. Essence magazine is honoring the singer at its 8th annual Black Women in Music, an event that celebrates the achievements of black women in the industry.
The nod from Essence coincides with the 20th anniversary of Badu's debut album, Baduizm, which garnered two Grammys in 1997 for best R&B album and best female R&B vocal performance for the song "On & On."
"From the time that she first hit the scene we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu," said Vanessa De Luca, Essence editor-in-chief, in the announcement. "It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen whose remarkable artistry still moves us twenty years later."
The Black Women in Music gala takes place Feb. 9, ahead of the 59th Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, in which there are several North Texas natives nominated.
The recognition from Essence is just the latest in a slew of awards Badu has won in recent years, including the Ella Fitzgerald Award. She's also grabbed headlines for joining the circus, debuting a multi-faceted one-woman show, starring in multiple movies, curating a show during New York Fashion Week, and hosting the Soul Train Awards two consecutive years. Phew!
Celebrate all this and more with Badu at her annual birthday shindig, dubbed Sauceizm, Another Badu Birthday Bounce, at the Bomb Factory on Feb. 26.