Petra CollinsSolange’s latest album, A Seat at the Table, earned the recording artist her first Grammy, but she says it’s been the response from her female fans that’s been the best reward of all.
The newly minted Glamour 2017 Women of the Year honoree tells the magazine she is eternally grateful for the positive feedback she’s received from women — especially black women — after the disc’s release.
She says, “The support and love from women whom I intended this album to reach is what impacted me the most.”
“I saw nothing but black women embracing me, holding me down, lifting me up. I am wide open with thanks,” Solange adds.
The singer adds that the album was about releasing both internal and generational trauma passed down from what she describes as “racism that my father experienced.”
“Pain can be passed on, and this album was my way of releasing it,” she says.
“I realized I needed to experiment even further: Do shows in performance art spaces. Ask people not to have their phones.”
She adds, “My first museum shows were like a temple, a give-and-take between the people and myself. There was trust, sisterhood. I spoke with so many black women about our similar feelings, struggles, strengths, pride.”
Solange, along with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, actress Nicole Kidman, the organizers of the Women’s March and more will be honored at Glamour‘s 2017 Women of the Year awards ceremony on November 13.
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