Solange's music contains many layers and lessons, such as the ones of self-love and black identity on her award-winning album, A Seat At The Table. Upon receiving her "Impact Award" at Billboard's Women In Music Awards Thursday (Nov. 30), the singer looked back on how her adored artistry was truly years in the making.
"We spoke a lot about how I would define success as an artist, and existing in my truth," Solange said about conversations with her father as a young singer-songwriter. "...About silencing outside noise no matter how painful or worrying that it was, about creating with the purpose of self and getting to know myself more clearly."
The singer explained that her self-discovery helped mold A Seat At The Table.
"As I look back on my last year, I have so much gratitude in my soul and how my work has resonated with people," she said. "When I think about the word "impact," I can't help but to think about the impact I'd like to leave on the earth with my work.
When I think about "impact" I think about creating the spaces for that 15-year-old girl and the conversations I had with my father. When I think about "impact" I also think about my flaws. I think about undoing a lot of systematic or problematic hating I had been taught or shown, or wanting to grow and face them."
Solo closed her speech by condemning old industry practices forced on women.
"I grew up in the his industry where people told women that they weren't smart, sexy, cool or strong enough," she said. "No matter how matter how hard they worked, they wouldn't be enough and that became the "Industry Standard." I also hate that word and I just want to say that I'm so proud that so many artists are saying the hell with that. They're working at their own pace and tearing down those walls. It's a new gotdamn day and I am loving it."
Revisit the golden album that is A Seat At The Table below.