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A Look Back At Aretha Franklin's Mesmerizing ESSENCE Festival Moments

Although 2012 marked the final year Aretha Franklin touched the ESSENCE Festival stage, we will continue to celebrate her music and her life for years to come. Rest In Peace to the undisputed Queen of Soul!
By Rachaell Davis · August 19, 2018

The Queen of Soul blessed the ESSENCE Festival stage with her iconic presence a total of three times over the past 25 years. She was among the handful of artists who performed for the very first ESSENCE Fest in 1995, before later returning to the Superdome mainstage in 2005 and then again for the final time in 2012.

As we continue to reflect on her unparalleled contributions to entertainment and celebrate her life, scroll through for a quick look back at photos from some of her memorable ESSENCE Fest moments.