Atlanta-based duo St. Beauty obtained the American Express affect award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music occasion on Thursday (Dec. 6) in New York City.
After an introduction from trailblazer award recipient Janelle Monáe, the duo (Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino) took to the stage. “We had been nervous earlier than arising right here -- that is our very first award, and we’re so honored and grateful,” Belle started. “We need to thank God for placing the spirit of music inside us, and to spark change on the earth.”
Belle went on to thank Monáe, too, explaining that she had been listening to her from the age of sixteen. “I met her in a Target parking zone, and 4 years later, she turns into my mentor,” Belle stated.
Valentino then took her flip on the mic. “We [Alexe and I] was once coworkers at a music retailer and have become a band there, and carried out within the basement,” she defined. “The incontrovertible fact that Janelle confirmed up and noticed one thing particular in us, it means the world to us, and it’s a honor to have her as our mentor. We honor mentorship -- it’s so vital in our lives.”
St. Beauty was chosen by Monáe to obtain the award; each artists toured collectively this yr, and belong to the Wondaland Art Society collective.
"We are thrilled to have trailblazer Janelle Monáe choose this yr's American Express affect award winner, St. Beauty," Deb Curtis, vice chairman of experiential advertising and partnerships at American Express, beforehand stated in a press release. "We acknowledge the significance of backing girls in music who're making an affect not solely on the trade itself, but in addition for different girls."