2014 ESSENCE Festival Lineup

Music's biggest and brightest stars will perform at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans July 4-7. Check out who's slated to rock the house of the Mercedes Benz Superdome!

Sylvia Obell Dec, 30, 2013

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Prince performed at the 10th annual ESSENCE Festival in 2004. This year, he'll grace us all with a performance at the 20th annual event in New Orleans in July. This is one ESSENCE Fest not to be missed!

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The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has headlined the ESSENCE Festival over a dozen times, but our 20th birthday will make this one of her most memorable appearances.

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Get ready to say "hello" to the popular R&B singer/songwriter on the mainstage this Summer.

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The critically acclaimed R&B vocalist is sure to thrill with her signature combination of rap, poetry, jazz, and blues.

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The legendary neo-soul singer will have us all calling Tyrone by the time end of her mainstage perfomance. This will be Badu's third appearance at the festival.

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ESSENCE Festival favorite Uncle Charlie will be starting the party off right once again this year!

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We can't wait to see what the soul singer sings (or wears) during her performance on the main stage.

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The popular Bad Boy R&B group will reunite at the festival this Summer.

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The New Power Generation member (Prince's Band) is sure to perform music from her upcoming solo album The Unexpected.

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The rap duo will have all of Nawlins down with O.P.P.

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The original human beatbox will make his return to the Super Lounge this year.

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Eve is back to rock the Superlounge this year with her sassy rhymes and hip beats.

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The Jazz pianist that brought you Black Radio and Black Radio 2 will have fans grooving all night. 

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The talented neo-soul singer is sure to set the mood with his sultry sound. 

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The contemporary R&B singer/songwriter will make her ESSENCE Festival debut this Summer!

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The new R&B Divas star is sure to fill the Super Louge with sweet music.

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We're looking forward to hearing hits like I Never Knew Love Like This Before from Ms. Mills.

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We can't wait for songstress Marsha Ambrosius to light up the ESSENCE Festival with her killer vocals. 

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Expect songs from Sevyn Streeter's new EP Call Me Crazy But... during her EF debut.

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The composer of the Dove-winning "Let Go" and performing member of Maroon 5 will make his EF debut on the Super Lounge stage.

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With 20 years in the music industry under her belt, Amel Larrieux has more than enough songs to keep the Super Lounge grooving all night long. 

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We have no doubt this New Orleans funk band will show everyone how the Big Easy gets down!

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The world's only all female brass band will make their return to the ESSENCE Festival. 

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This soulful, organic trio of young women will bring their fresh sound to the Super Lounge. 

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New artist, Sebastian Mikael will make his EF debut performing hit single Last Night and more.