Solange Knowles has been named Harvard’s Artist of the Year.
The singer’s year had a great start with Solange taking home the Grammy for Best R&B Performance. The news comes after the “Cranes in the Sky” singer was named Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and received Billboard’s Women in Music Impact Award.
Solange has been an inspiration to carefree Black girls everywhere. Speaking with The Fader in 2016 about her album and empowering Black people, Solange said, “We should just be able to exist whenever and however we please and choose to. But I also understand the power of manifesting something when you speak it into existence, and almost needing to give it a name to show people, ‘Hey, this is how we see ourselves and this is how we want you to see us.’ There are a lot of moments in my life where I have a lot of care. I have a lot of things to think about and a lot of things that I’m managing and trying to navigate through”
“Then there are some moments when I feel free as f**k, and I feel completely weightless and at peace. Those are both the complexities of being a woman of color, and I celebrate both of those. They are both who I am and they need each other to exist.”
The artist has been taking it slow since announcing her battle with an autonomic disorder, which resulted in her canceling a performance at AfroPunk Joburg 2017.
Still, she hasn’t been completely MIA. The singer teamed up with SZA to create the CTRL singer’s video for “The Weekend.”