2016 ESSENCE Festival Lineup Revealed

The ESSENCE Festival returns to New Orleans with a star-studded lineup this July 4th weekend with Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Ciara, and so many more.

Lauren Porter Feb, 24, 2016

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Mariah is a main stage act for festival this summer. 

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2015 festival headliner Kendrick Lamar is hitting the New Orleans mainstage once again!

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Maxwell is back with new music and back on the ESSENCE Festival mainstage. 

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Ciara is hitting the mainstage for festival 2016!

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Uncle Charlie is hitting the mainstage once again during ESSENCE Festival 2016. 

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Tyrese returns to the Essence Fest mainstage.

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R&B diva Faith Evans will perform on the mainstage at this year's festival.

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Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds will hit the mainstage at ESSENCE Festival 2016. 

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The soulful songstress is hitting the ESSENCE Fest main stage this summer. 

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Lion Babe, lead by the vivacious Jillian Hervey, is a superlounge act for Festival 2016.

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The two-time festival performer, Mali Music, is using his soulful voice on the superlounge stage. 

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The R&B songbird will bring her soulful sounds to the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans June 30-July 3.

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These ESSENCE fest alums are hitting the mainstage once again! Who's up for some "Candy Girl?"

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Estelle returns to the Essence Festival for more good vibes.

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Golden-voiced Lalah Hathaway returns to make more sweet music at Essence Fest.

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The Grammy nominee and ESSENCE Black Women in Music performer is headed to the main stage this year! Andra was a festival perfomer in 2015 too! 

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The R&B singer will make his ESSENCE Festival debut.

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The Voice alum and Grammy winner is a superlounge songstress.

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BJ is an artist to watch at the Superlounge. 

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The "Classic Man" singer is bringing his music and style to the superlounge. 

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The rapper and singer is headed to the ESSENCE fest superlounge.

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The 90s hip-hop group has reunited once again and are set to hit the superlounge stage to perform.

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The Empire soul songstress is a superlounge singer this year. 

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Neville is a New Orleans native set to take on the superlounge. 

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Daley is set to bless the Superlounge stage with another unforgettable performance.

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The R&B singer is taking over the superlounge during festival.

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Nigerian artist Wizkid is performing on the world music stage at ESSENCE Fest.

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British-Jamaican rapper Lady Leshurr shut down the ESSENCE Festival stage with an electrifying performance in 2016.

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The "River" singer is hitiing the ESSENCE Festival 2016 Superlounge stage. 

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Talented UK rapstress Little Simz lit up the ESSENCE Festival stage in 2016.

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Mentored by mega music producer Timbaland, Tink is a superlounge singer and rapper hitting the festival stage. 

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The award winning New Orleans-jazz style band is a superlounge perfomer.

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Perfoming on the World Music Stage is African artist Zakes Bantwini.

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This hip-hop legend is a superlounge act for ESSENCE Fest 2016. 

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Soul band, The Internet, is hitting the superlounge ESSENCE fest stage. 

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The New Orleans band that specializes in funk, rock, hip-hop and jazz is taking over the superlounge stage in their hometown during festival.

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The Black Radio musicians are headed to the ESSENCE Festival superlounge. 

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This UK acid jazz band is a superlounge festival act. 

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Signed to Janelle Monae's Wondaland Records, St. Beauty is set to sing on the superlounge stage for festival 2016.

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Skye Wanda is an artist from Durban, South Africa who is headed to the world music stage for festival 2016.