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2015 ESSENCE Festival First-Round Performance Line-Up Revealed

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Kendrick Lamar, winner of the Best New Artist Award poses in the Backstage Winner's Room at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

Our 2015 ESSENCE Festival line-up includes some of the biggest names in music!

Headliners include Festival first-timer, Kendrick Lamar and Festival favorite, Mary J. Blige! Also confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Common, Floetry, Kelly Price, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Bilal, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Nico &Vinz, SZA, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Kindred The Family Soul, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw and Tank & The Bangas.

More acts to be announced, so stay tuned!

Plus, Kevin Hart will headline ESSENCE's ‘Now Playing’ Concert on Thursday, July 2. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 25.

Comedians Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Luenell to host Festival weekend.

“On the heels of the ESSENCE Festival’s epic 20th anniversary celebration in 2014, we’re delighted to announce a selection of the best artists and biggest names in entertainment who will take the stage at the Superdome this summer,’ said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE community every Fourth of July weekend.”

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