Ciara, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and More Hit the Black Girls Rock! Stage

Ciara, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and More Hit the Black Girls Rock! Stage

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Published April 6, 2015

The 2015 Black Girls Rock! stage was a stomping ground for some of music's leading ladies. From Ciara's vulnerable performance of her new single "I Bet" to Erykah Badu's funky hip hop mix, each showcase proved to be one to remember.

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Kicking off the empowering ladies' night was the Queen of Percussion herself, Sheila E. who brought the house down with an upbeat medley which started with her 1986 hit "Glamorous Life." The Oakland, Calif. native showed that she could do it all, singing and mastering the drums simulataneously.

Later on, Jill Scott gave the debut performance of her new single "You Don't Know." With nearly four years since the release of her last studio album, the stakes were high for Jilly From Philly's return, and she did not disappoint.

Giving another beautiful performance for the night was Ciara. She sang her post-breakup anthem "I Bet," taken off of her upcoming album Jackie, dressed in a flowy all-white get-up. CiCi serenaded the crowd while looking statuesque before her wind machine.

After accepting the Rock Star award, which was presented to her by Janelle Monáe, Badu hit the stage for a stimulating performance of her hits "Soldier" and "Master Teacher." Donning her signature Afrocentric garb, topped off with a tall black top hat, the soul singer had the crowd on its feet chanting the lyrics to "Master Teacher" as she sang. Even First Lady Michelle Obama was nodding along as the four-time Grammy winner performed.

Other performances at this year's Black Girls Rock! celebration included Estelle, Lalah Hathaway, Cheryl Lynn, Alicia Myers and Kathy Sledge

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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