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Our Fave Black Women In The Industry SIZZLED At The 2017 ESSENCE Black Women In Music Event

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ESSENCE kicks off GRAMMY weekend celebrating black women in music and the YBF star took over the red carpet with their stunning looks. Get into the flawlessness inside…

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When you’re being honored for your contributions to the music game, THIS is how you make an entrance.

Honoree Erykah Badu had everyone on notice when she popped up on the carpet at the 8th Annual Essence Black Women In Music Event held at NeueHouse Hollywood in L.A. last night.

The honoree pushed through in a black Ashi Studio Fall/Winter couture gown topped with her signature top hat to match.

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On the eve of her 17th birthday, “black•ish” starlet Yara Shahidi dazzled in a blue Greta Constantine frock and fuchsia sandals accessorizing with SOON drop earrings. Happy Birthday Yara!

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With Hidden Figures and Moonlight taking over the movie world, Janelle Monae has been everywhere lately. But last night was all about the music. The Wondaland honcho made sure she was in the mix, rocking her signature black-and-white, to celebrate black women in music.


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We don’t see R&B singer Mya much, but when we do, she’s always keeping it stylishly HOT.

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Raptress Remy Ma, who has been co-hosting on “The Real” all week, sparkled in an OTT robe dress and Gucci shoes.

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Remy's bestie and singer Keyshia Cole, who's gearing up to drop a new album, looked comfortably cute in a black and gold jumpsuit.

Speaking of gold...

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“Empire” starlet Serayah was laced in a metallic gold Faith Connexion romper and black thigh high Le Silla boots. By the way, the spring premiere of “Empire” debuts March 22nd on FOX.

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Does Chloe x Halle EVER have an off day? These singing sisters are always on POINT! They rocked Uel Camilo Official ensembles.

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Lil Mama bossed up in a navy trench coat Antidote LA dress with a high slit, showing off some leg action on the carpet, while teetering on YSL sandals.

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Not our favorite look from LeToya Luckett, but she’s gorgeous as ever. She rocked a beaded Sherri Hill frock and sandals.

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Here's another interesting look brought to you by Faith Evans.

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"Empire" star Tasha Smith served up floral vibes for the music celebration. She just wrapped up filming for Star Jones’ upcoming series, “Daytime Divas.”

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“RHOA” star Kandi Buruss played it safe in a pink and black Dolce & Gabbana lace mini dress. While she and her co-stars have been duking it out lately, she recently made peace with her daughter Riley's father. Catch the deets HERE.

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DOPE actress Kiersey Clemons was BACK on her Diana Ross steez.  We're obsessed.

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We’re saying YES to “Luke Cage” star Simone Missick’s floral frock.

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It's a hair flip! And she did it herself! "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" star Keesha Sharp struck a pose on the carpet.

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Model/reality star Eva Marcille was busy flipping her hair on the carpet as well while flossing in a Mistress Rocks faux fur coat.

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Master P was his daughter Cymphonique Miller's date for soiree. She's a singer-songwriter looking to make a lane in the music biz for herself.

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Well here's a surprise. Macy Gray was all smiles on the carpet. We don't get much music from Macy, but she stays booked for an acting role.

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“The Real” co-host Loni Love, who has a new activewear line out, worked a black jumpsuit for the night.

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Songbird Keke Wyatt flossed her teal faux locs with a smile.

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Singer Estelle Darlings rocked a futuristic look.


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New mom and singer Melanie Fiona left her son Cameron at home for a night out on the town.

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"Love & Hip Hop" creator Mona Scott-Young strutted her stuff on the carpet.

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Hey guys! New Edition Story stars Keith Powers, Luke James, Woody McClain and Elijah Kelley were in the mix.

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R&B singer Mario (who's set to drop a new album soon) and Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am came out to show their support.

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"The Game" alum Pooch Hall brought his wife/realtor Linda Hall along as his date to celebrate.

See 'em in action!  Take a peek at our red carpet footage of Erykah Badu and all of the celebs who worked the carpet below:


We've got lots more flicks from inside the ESSENCE Black Women In Music event in the gallery below!


Photos: Slate PR/ Aaron J. via RedCarpetImages.net


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