Atlanta-based duo St. Beauty received the American Express impact award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event 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 were nervous before coming up here -- this is our very first award, and we’re so honored and grateful,” Belle began. “We want to thank God for putting the spirit of music within us, and to spark change in the world.”
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 lot, and four years later, she becomes my mentor,” Belle said.