#20Years20Stages: The Best Bands and Groups in ESSENCE Fest History

Bands and groups own a hefty slice of ESSENCE Festival's rich history. Legandary acts such as The Isley Brothers and The O'Jays to more modern groups like Destiny's Child have held our stages down over the last 20 years. These duos, trios, quartets and emsembles always add to the magic of festival weekend. These exclusive photos from our archives say it all. Which act is your favorite? Tweet us as @ESSENCEFest and let us know!

ESSENCE.COM May, 22, 2014

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Last year, the Black Eyed Peas reminded everyone how to put on a performance and rock a stage.

2 of 10 Pete Mitchell

In 2002, K-Ci & JoJo brought their powerful vocals to the stage to serende the crowd.

3 of 10 Paul Warner/Getty Images

In 2013, The Isley Brothers performed their hits "Between The Sheets" and "For The Love of You"  and no matter how many times we hear their classic records, they never get old.

4 of 10 Gus Bennett

It's not a party until Frankie Beverly and Maze show up and in 2009, when the group hit the stage, they turned an already good time into a night you couldn't forget.

5 of 10 Peter Nakhid

In 2005, songstress Marsha Ambrosius alongside floacist Natalie Stewart made us all "Say Yes" with their powerful performance.

6 of 10 Gus Bennett

In 2003, Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band tore down the stage (like they normally do) for a packed crowd.

7 of 10 Peter Nakhid

Everything was irie in 2005 when The Wailers brought their irresistable carribbean vibe to the ESSENCE Festival.

8 of 10 Andrew Goetz

9 of 10 Gus Bennett

Beautiful as ever and still talented, the Pointer Sisters blew the socks off ESSENCE Festival attendees with their amazing performance in 2012.

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After four decades of making hits, The Stylistics showed everyone how it's done at the 2012 ESSENCE Fest.