ESSENCE Festival: Live from the Superdome

This year's ESSENCE Festival features the hottest performers taking the stage at the New Orleans Superdome.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 06, 2013

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Lionel Richie performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Lionel Richie performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Erykah Badu performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Fesyival in New Orleans.

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Erykah Badu performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Fesyival in New Orleans.

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Erykah Badu performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Erykah Badu performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Erykah Badu performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Dave Chappelle surprised the sold-out audience at the New Orleans Superdome at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Dave Chappelle surprised the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome to announce his great friend Erykah Badu.

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Tamar Braxton performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Mary J. Blige performs the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Mary J. Blige performs the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Jill Scott performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Jill Scott performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Jill Scott performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Liv Warfield performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Ledisi performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Ledisi peforms during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Tank performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Tank performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Daley performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Common joins the Roots onstage during the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Michelle Williams performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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Lianne La Havas joined joined Prince onstage to perform "Sometimes It Snows in April" at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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The Purple One rocked the sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Superdome for the 20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

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Luke James performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Luke James performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Alice Smith performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

 

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Alice Smith performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Alice Smith performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

 

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Alice Smith performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

 

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Estelle performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans

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Estelle performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans

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Estelle performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Greta Prince performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Greta Prince performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans

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Nile Rodgers performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Nile Rodgers performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Nile Rodgers performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Nile Rodgers performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Janelle Monae attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Recording artist Janelle Monae attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Janelle Monae performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Recording artist Janelle Monae attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Nas performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Nas performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Nas performs during the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Nas performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Nas headlines Day 1 of the ESSENCE Festival on Thursday evening in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz performs at the New Orleans Superdome for 2014 ESSENCE Festival.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz makes the crowd go wild at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Jazmine Sullivan lights up the stage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Jazmine Sullivan performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jazmine Sullivan lights up the stage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Jazmine Sullivan lights up the stage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Jazmine Sullivan lights up the stage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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K. Michelle rocks the Superdome main stage at 2014 ESSENCE Festival

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K. Michelle performs on the Main Stage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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K. Michelle performs on the Main Stage at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Jesse Boykins III opens up the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Jesse Boykins III opens up the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.