Surprise! The spunky singer is the latest star to grace the cover of our first ever global issue.

Brad Weté
Jul, 04, 2015

Before launching into her classic "Next Lifetime" at Essence Festival on Saturday night, Badu had a special announcement for the audience. The Texas songstress shared that she's the cover girl for ESSENCE's first-ever global issue. 

Looking up at her ESSENCE money shot on the big screen, she gleefully said, "Oh shit, that's me!"

The new issue hits stands on July 10!