Black Girls Rock! is filled with magic. The annual awards ceremony celebrating women of color has returned for its 10th go-round to honor some of the history-making women you probably stalk on social media (See: Rihanna and Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes). It was also on Twitter where the hashtag #BlackGirlsMagic was born, thanks to CaShawn Thompson, who coined the phrase in 2014 to describe the accomplishments of black women on timelines and beyond.
Billboard recently chatted with several real-life rock stars including Gladys Knight (who was honored with the Living Legend award), powerhouse Andra Day and singer Kelly Rowland to share their thoughts on Black Girls Rock! and Beyonce‘s forthcoming project. BGR airs Tuesday night (April 5) on BET at 8/7c.
“I’m just really excited this is our 10-year anniversary for Black Girls Rock! Just to have built it to this point, to bring it to this space and to have everything, I’m like wow this all happened off of one idea that I continued to build so it’s really exciting.”
“I’m looking forward to [Beyonce’s] next album and looking forward to miss Lauryn Hill’s next album. I heard a little bit of that in rehearsal and it’s like “Wow!”
“I want [Beyonce] to keep going. I’ve been here 67 years. I want her to be here that long because she has something to offer.”
“I followed Black Girls Rock! since the inception. I remember when I first heard about it, I was like, ‘Wow, this is empowering and it’s amazing.’ It’s a platform for [black women] to see us supporting each other so it’s really exciting to be invited and a part of it.”
“[Beyonce] always rocks. I think she’s everyone’s inspiration, you know? Definitely looking forward to that.”
“Being a black girl empowering another black girl is really a great position to be in. I have been around so many black girls who who have rocked my world. They made me feel comfortable in my skin and gave me great confidence.”
“I think [Beyonce] is super excited and I think she’s going to surprise us the way she did last time.”