The ESSENCE Festival 2017 Lineup Revealed
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The 2017 ESSENCE Fest is gearing up to take over New Orleans once again with a host of unforgettable performances from your favorite artists and rising stars including Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, Solange, John Legend, Master P, Monica, Remy Ma and so many more.
Flip through our official performers gallery to get a sneak peek at all the artists on this year’s star-studded line up.
Iconic Motown singer Diana Ross and mother to Tracee Ellis Ross and Evan Ross is an Aries. Her birthday falls on March 26.
Mary J. Blige
The reigning Queen of Hip Hop Soul will headline a star-studded evening of performances from her favorite women in music on the Main Stage.
Chance The Rapper
"Summer school get to losing students, but the CPD gettin' new recruitment."
Solo will give everyone in the Superdome "A Seat At The Table" as she brings her critically acclaimed new album to the Main Stage.
The Grammy-winning singer was offered admission to Harvard, Georgetown, and Morehouse, but decided to attend the University of Pennslyvania, where he studied English with a focus on African American literature.
Legendary songstress Chaka Khan is joining us again to shut down the Main Stage as only she can.
Jill Scott will bring her chart-topping classics and feel good vibes to the Main Stage.
You definitely don't want to miss Monica on the ESSENCE Festival Main Stage.
Powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is set to send goosebumps throughout the Superdome as she hits the Main Stage.
From earning two Grammy nods, to sharing her love story with the world, Remy Ma has had quite the run over the past few years. This July, we're elated that she'll be making her ESSENCE Fest debut with what's sure to be a lit performance from beginning to end.
No stranger to ESSENCE Fest, India Arie will bring her effortlessly flawless vocals to the Main Stage.
Hometown mogul Master P has much in store for the Main Stage...you won't want to miss it!
Get ready to groove with Shaggy on the Superlounge stage.
Gallant returns to rock the ESSENCE Festival Superlounge stage.
XSCAPE will reunite for their first full performance in over 15 years!
Multi-talented songstress Teyana Taylor will heat up the Superlounge stage this year and you won't want to miss a moment of it!
Rhonda Ross will bring musical magic to the Main Stage.
BJ the Chicago Kid
BJ the Chicago Kid performed at ESSENCE Festival in 2016 and 2017.
Jhené Aiko performs on Day 1 at the 2015 Bumbershoot Festival at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Another NOLA native, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are sure to bring heart and soul to the Main Stage this year.
Kelly Price will celebrate 25 years in music with her very own Superlounge.
Elle Varner returns to the Superlounge stage with plenty in store.
Never one to disappoint, Tweet's smooth vocals are sure to have the Superlounge rocking again this year.
New Orleans native Mystikal will join his No Limit family to light up the ESSENCE Festival Main Stage.
The ladies of June's Diary will bring perfected harmonies and Black Girl Magic galore to the Superlounge stage.
Nobody does it quite like songstress Lalah Hathaway and she'll be up close and personal on the Superlounge stage this year.
Sir The Baptist
Hip Hop's rising star Sir The Baptist is ready to light up the Superlounge stage with his unique sound and infectious energy.
Leela James will bring sounds from her new album, as well as music from her existing catalogue, to the ESSENCE Fest Superlounge stage.
Dreamville's first lady Ari Lennox will grace the ESSENCE Festival Main Stage as part of Mary J. Blige's night of all-female performers.
Ro James is bringing his multi-talented swag to the Superlounge stage this year.
No Limit Records' first lady Mia X will grace the ESSENCE Fest Main Stage for the first time alongside Master P, Mystikal and Silkk The Shocker.
Silkk The Shocker
Silk The Shocker will grace the ESSENCE Fest Main Stage for the first time alongside Master P, Mystikal and Mia X.
Michel'le is gearing up to take ESSENCE Fest crowd on a stroll down memory lane with a performance of her classic hits on the Superlounge stage.
Lizzo is bringing confidence, vibrance and a one-of-a-kind sound to the Superlounge stage.
You won't want to miss Yuna as she brings her effortless voice to the Superlounge stage.
Emily will grace the ESSENCE Fest superlounge stage for the first time.
Coline Creuzot will grace the superlounge stage.
Doug E. Fresh
Hip Hop icon Doug E. Fresh is sure to have the crowd super lit in the Superlounge.
Cymphonique will bring her talents to Center Stage with an energetic performance.
The Jones Girls Featuring Shirley Jones
The classic R&B sounds of The Jones Girls Featuring Shirley Jones will bring grace and musical magic to the Superlounge stage.
The soothingly soulful sounds of Moses Sumney are coming to the Superlounge stage this year.
Festival favorite and Hip Hop icon MC Lyte will return to the superlounge stage.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Paris Jones, known as "PJ," will bring her many talents to the ESSENCE Festival Superlounge stage.
Chante Moore will hit the stage for the EEE Gospel Tribute, honoring music icon Cissy Houston.
Daley is set to bless the Superlounge stage with another unforgettable performance.