The Best Celebrity Portraits From Backstage At The Superdome During Essence Festival 2019
Karl Ferguson

On Friday night, the 2019 Essence Festival kicked off with a fire lineup of talent across four stages at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot headlined first, then on Saturday night, crowds filled the arena to see our forever first lady Michelle Obama be interviewed by celebrity journalist Gayle King followed by a moving headlining performance by Essence Festival fan favorite Mary J. Blige.

While there’s no shortage of action happening onstage, at Essence Festival there’s always plenty of fun happening backstage too, as your favorite celebrities come together to mingle and chill at the biggest concert event of the year.

See which of your favorite celebrities were spotted posing for our photo booth this year. We can’t get enough of the sweet moment Patti LaBelle and Iyanla Vanzant shared. See the best portraits from the weekend below.

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