Maiden ‘Girls Make Beat’ Gala Set To Honor Missy Elliott, Chlöe Bailey, And Other Female Hip-Hop Players

BY Edwin Lamptey November 2, 2023 11:54 AM EDT
Photo Source: Instagram/@missymisdemeanorelliott

The debut of Girls Make Beats Fundraising Gala, a nonprofit event, will be honoring Missy Elliott, Chlöe Bailey, hip-hop duo Flyana Boss, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr, and many others on November 4.

The nonprofit started as a way to empower young women involved in music production, DJing, and audio engineering. The event themed “Hip Hop 50th: Celebrating Women Past, Present, and Future,” is scheduled to happen at Avalon Hollywood on November 4.

According to Girls Make Beats‘ founder Tiffany Miranda, the nonprofit agency was excited to begin this milestone of honoring women in music.

 “We are thrilled to unite the vibrant hip-hop community in celebration of the remarkable achievements of women in music. With less than 3 percent of women currently represented as producers, our mission extends beyond closing the gender gap. It’s about elevating awareness regarding the significance of empowering girls in underserved communities and facilitating their pursuit of dreams.”

Other agencies that have added their support to the Girls Make Beat fundraising gala include iHeart Media and music record charts platform, Billboard.

“Billboard is thrilled to support Girls Make Beats and the incredible young women honing their skills as producers,” Dana Droppo, Billboard‘s chief brand officer, said in a statement. “We need more of them and are committed to continuing to platform women and girls in music for years to come.”

 The launch brought together music icons, emerging artistes, and devoted supporters for an evening that emphasized mentorship, education, and inclusivity.

The gala, held in Miami, was characterized by captivating performances by multi-talented artistes, including Grammy-winner, Missy Elliott and the sensational Chlöe Bailey of Chloe x Halle fame. Their music illuminated the room and reemphasized the importance of diversity and female representation in the industry.

Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy, was among the distinguished guests who emphasized the essence of such initiatives as Girls Make Beats in addressing and closing the gap in gender disparities in music production.

The fundraising gala which will take place at the Avalon Miami Hotel on November 4 will recognise Missy Elliott with the Diamond Impact Award for her work as an artist and a producer. The rap goddess has produced many of her own hits alongside longtime collaborator Timbaland, including the 2002 Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 smash, Work It.

Chlöe of Chloe x Halle fame who now records as a solo artiste, will receive the Powerhouse Producer Award. She produced 10 of the 14 songs on her debut solo album.

Mason will receive the Champion Ally Award thanks to his work in empowering an “inclusive and supportive music community,” the nonprofit said in a press release.

In a statement released, the CEO of the Recording Academy expressed his appreciation. 

“I am humbled to be a part of a collective effort working to champion women and girls in our industry. Through initiatives like Women in the Mix, we at the Academy will continue to support organizations like Girls Make Beats and amplify women’s voices as they use their talent to shatter any artificial, outdated barriers.”

Finally, Flyana Boss, a female hip-hop group that comprises Bobbi Lanea Tyler and Folayan Omi Kunerede will be awarded the Next Generation Wave Maker Award for their early strides in the hip-hop community as both rappers and producers.