Musical luminaries gathered on Friday night for the second annual Femme It Forward Give Her FlowHERS Gala in Los Angeles. The event, dedicated to recognizing leaders in the music industry for their artistry and mentorship of the next generation, honored a stellar lineup, including SZA, Brandy, Teyana Taylor, Flo Milli, Jordyn and Jodie Woods, and Monaleo.
On a night filled with empowering moments, Lori Harvey presented Teyana Taylor with The Visionary Award, acknowledging her as a multi-dimensional creative shaping the future for women in music. Lizzo awarded SZA The Big Femme Energy Award, celebrating her significant impact on the music scene. SZA, who also received a surprise birthday celebration, expressed gratitude for the recognition.
The freshly Grammy-nominated artist shared her candid thoughts on this chapter of her career: “I’m seeing God move in my life in a very strong and direct way. I feel so blessed and so grateful to even be acknowledged,” she said.
Hailed as a living legend, Brandy received The Muse Award from her mother, paying tribute to her timeless music that inspires generations. Flo Milli accepted the Bloom Award, recognizing her breakthrough success in the industry.
Femme It Forward founder Heather Lowery urged guests to extend the sentiment beyond the event, encouraging them to appreciate the women in their personal lives. “Be a shining example to the women in your lives. Commit to understanding her, not judging her. Show her what true sisterhood looks like,” she said.
Hosted at The Beverly Hilton, the gala brought together notable artists, executives, and tastemakers to honor trailblazing women who have left a profound impact in their respective fields. Recognized alongside the celebrated artists were mentors from Femme It Forward’s mentorship program, Next Gem Femme. This initiative aims to enhance equity in the workplace and accelerate career opportunities for young women of color by connecting them with influential women executives.
Femme It Forward champions female visionaries, fostering a community of support, education, and empowerment within the music and entertainment industry.