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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Kendrick Lamar performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

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Headliner Kendrick Lamar performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

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Mary J. Blige performs on stage at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The icon celebrates her birthday July 1. 

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Mary J. Blige and Method Man perform at the Superdome on the last night of ESSENCE Fest.

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Elle Varner performs at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Floetry performs day 4 of ESSENCE Fest at the MainStage.

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Usher performs at the 2015 performs at the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Lianne La Havas performs at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Erykah Badu performs on the MainStage during day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Omarion performs onstage at the 2015 Essence Festival at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Common performs on the MainStage during day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Eric Roberson performs at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Usher performs at the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Missy Elliot performs on the MainStage on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Usher opens the July 4th show at the Superdome on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Erykah Badu performs on the MainStage during day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Common performs on the MainStage during day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Charlie Wilson performs on the MainStage of Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Frankie Beverly of Maze performs during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Goapele performs onstage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Lalah Hathaway performs during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kem performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Frankie Beverly of Maze performs during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Avery Sunshine performs during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kelly Price performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kem performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Charlie Wilson performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of the ESSENCE Fest.

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Adrian Marcel performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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India Arie performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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India Arie performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Kem performs on the MainStage during Day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Thursday.

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Lecrae performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Thursday night.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Thursday.

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Lecrae performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Thursday.

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Lecrae performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Thursday night.

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Trey Songz performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Adrian Marcel performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Trey Songz performs at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans on Thursday.

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Kindred The Family Soul performs during the 2015 Essence Music Festivalhe Family Soul in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Doug E. Fresh performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Essence Music Festival at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Kelly Price performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Slick Rick performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Slick Rick performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Luenell performs at the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Vinz Dery and Nico Serebea of Nico & Vinz perform durign the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Jonathan McReynolds performs during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Adrian Marcel performs on stage during the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Vinz Dery and Nico Serebea of Nico & Vinz perform durign the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Goapele performs at the 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Never one to disappoint, Tweet's smooth vocals are sure to have the Superlounge rocking again this year.

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Wale performs at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Tarriona 'Tank' Bell of Tank and The Bangas performs at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Sevyn Streeter performs at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.