2016 ESSENCE Festival Lineup Revealed: Kendrick, Mariah, Maxwell, Oh My!

The ESSENCE Festival returns to New Orleans with a star-studded lineup this July 4th weekend.

We're four months out from this year’s ESSENCE Festival (yaaas!) in New Orleans, and we're thrilled to give you your first look at our 2016 lineup.

For the 22nd year, ESSENCE Fest is bringing sure-to-be-lit nighttime concerts featuring more than 30 of today’s hottest hip-hop and R&B stars. This year's lineup is 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 is back 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 are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing 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 this July 4th weekend.”

Click through to see a full list of performers, and be sure to check back for updates.

We hope to see you all in the Big Easy June 30 to July 3.

Get your tickets here.

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