For the 22nd year, ESSENCE Fest brought sure-to-be-lit nighttime concerts featuring more than 30 of today’s hottest hip-hop and R&B stars. The lineup was a mix of old and new: soul and R&B, hip hop and pop—from Kendrick Lamar to Mariah Carey, Maxwell to Lion Babe.
“The ESSENCE Festival was held in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We welcomed Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we embraced newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans July 4th weekend.”