The vibrant, multifaceted power of sisterhood was the overriding theme at Fem the Future’s brunch celebrating the female nominees of the 61st annual Grammy Awards (Feb. 8). 2019 nominee Janelle Monáe and Instagram hosted the event at West Hollywood's Ysabel restaurant, and they were joined by a contingent of fellow Grammy nominees that included Linda Perry, Brandi Carlisle, Chloe x Halle, Tierra Whack and Sofi Tukker.
“They say that every time a group of talented, smart, kickass women and allies come together for positive, tangible change, an angel gets her wings,” said Monáe, who founded Fem the Future four years ago while recording her Grammy-nominated album Dirty Computer. “I don’t know if it’s true or not. But what I do know is when we get together, we move closer to a more inclusive future. This isn’t a trend, this isn’t a fleeting moment but a critical time in our history where the only way out is going forward.”
Noting to roaring applause beforehand that “we are the two women running music at Instagram,” Lauren Seawood was joined by fellow music partnerships colleague Fadia Kader in welcoming the diverse gathering of women inside Ysabel. The venue’s teeming courtyard included Motown president Ethiopia Habtemariam, Columbia Records co-head of urban music Phylicia Fant, CAA agent Caroline Yim and artists Melanie Fiona, Esperanza, Ari Lennox, Sabrina Claudio and Goapele.