The nine-time Grammy Award-winner has performed on the Festival’s main stage more times than any other artist, but she switched up her act in 2006 when she delivered a keynote address on the importance of working toward spiritual wholeness.

#ThrowbackThursday: Which ESSENCE Festival performer has been your favorite over the years?

Sylvia Obell
Jun, 26, 2014

We're one week away from the ESSENCE Festival!

Since it's #ThrowbackThursday, it's only right that we ask you to think back on some of your favorite moments from the ESSENCE Festival. This year will mark 20 years of electric performances from artists like Maze and Frankie Beverly, Mary J. Blige, New Edition, Jill Scott, and many, many, more.   

Which ESSENCE Festival performer has been your favorite over the years?

QUESTION:Who's your favorite ESSENCE Festival performer? Maze and Frankie Beverly 19% Mary J. Blige 34% New Edition 8% Jill Scott 17% Charlie Wilson 12% Other: Tell us in a comment! 10% Total votes: 173