The R&B Kings Of ESSENCE Festival: Who Deserves The Crown?

From Luther to Stevie to Usher to Maxwell to Chris to Miguel, here's a look at the more than 50 of R&B's finest crooners who have hit the ESSENCE Fest stage.
Rachaell Davis Dec, 11, 2018

Nearly every past, present and future R&B music king has graced the ESSENCE Festival stage.

From undisputed greats like Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Barry White, to those who christened the 90s & 2000s sound like Maxwell, Usher and D’Angelo, to the present-day trailblazers who are putting in the work to continue carrying the torch like Miguel, Chris Brown and Daniel Caesar, we’ve had the cream of the crop.

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As the R&B King debate continues to heat up and we gear up to celebrate 25 years of ESSENCE Festival in 2019, here’s a look back at over 50 R&B crooners who have touched the ESSENCE Fest stage. Who do you think should carry the crown of R&B King of ESSENCE Festival?