ESSENCE Music Festival 2012: Live from the Superdome

ESSENCE Music Festival 2012: Live from the Superdome

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 05, 2012

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The legendary Chaka Khan closes out the ESSENCE Music Festival on Sunday night in New Orleans.

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The legendary Chaka Khan closes out the ESSENCE Music Festival on Sunday night in New Orleans.

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The legendary Chaka Khan closes out the ESSENCE Music Festival on Sunday night in New Orleans.

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The legendary Chaka Khan closes out the ESSENCE Music Festival on Sunday night in New Orleans.

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Estelle performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Estelle performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Raheem DeVaughn performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Melanie Fiona performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Melanie Fiona performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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The R&B Divas pay tribute to all the great artists we’ve lost in the past year on Sunday evening of the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Aretha Franklin performs on Sunday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Aretha Franklin performs on Sunday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Aretha Franklin performs on Sunday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Aretha Franklin performs on Sunday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Aretha Franklin performs on Sunday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eve performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Eve performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Bridget Kelly performs in an ESSENCE Music Fest Superlounge on Sunday night.

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Anthony Hamilton performs on Sunday evening at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Anthony Hamilton performs on Sunday evening at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Anthony Hamilton performs on Sunday evening at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Anthony Hamilton performs on Sunday evening at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Anthony Hamilton performs on Sunday evening at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Fantasia performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Fantasia performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Fantasia performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Fantasia performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Fantasia performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Kirk Franklin performs onstage on Sunday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Headliner Mary J. Blige performs onstage on Saturday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Headliner Mary J. Blige performs onstage on Saturday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Headliner Mary J. Blige performs onstage on Saturday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Headliner Mary J. Blige performs onstage on Saturday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Headliner Mary J. Blige performs onstage on Saturday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Headliner Mary J. Blige performs onstage on Saturday evening during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eric Robertson performs in an ESSENCE Superlounge on Saturday night.

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Ledisi performs on the main stage on Saturday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Ledisi performs on the main stage on Saturday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Ledisi performs on the main stage on Saturday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Ledisi performs on the main stage on Saturday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Mary Mary performs on Saturdsy night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Erica Campbell of Mary Mary performs on Saturdsy night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Tina Campbell of Mary Mary performs on Saturdsy night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Leah LaBelle performs in an ESSENCE Superlounge on Saturday night.

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Tank kicks off the Saturday lineup at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Tank kicks off the Saturday lineup at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Tank kicks off the Saturday lineup at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Charlie Wilson closes out Friday evening of the ESSENCE Music Festival with a blast.

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Charlie Wilson closes out Friday evening of the ESSENCE Music Festival with a blast.

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Charlie Wilson closes out Friday evening of the ESSENCE Music Festival with a blast.

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Charlie Wilson closes out Friday evening of the ESSENCE Music Festival with a blast.

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Stephanie Mills performs in a ESSENCE Superlounge during the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday night.

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Kevin Hart stops by the New Orleans Superdome stage to get everyone excited about his Saturday performance. Happy birthday, Kev!

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D’Angelo headlines Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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D’Angelo headlines Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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D’Angelo headlines Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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D’Angelo headlines Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans.

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Goapele performs in a ESSENCE Superlounge during the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday night.

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Gary Clark Jr. performs in a ESSENCE Superlounge during the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday night.

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Trey Songz hits a high note on the main stage on Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Trey Songz on the main stage on Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Trey Songz performs on the main stage on Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Trey Songz performs on the main stage on Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Trey Songz performs on the main stage on Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Trey Songz performs on the main stage on Friday night at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Vivian Green performs in a ESSENCE Superlounge during the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday night.

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Keyshia Cole performs on the main stage of the New Orleans Superdome on Friday night of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Keyshia Cole performs on the main stage of the New Orleans Superdome on Friday night of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Keyshia Cole performs on the main stage of the New Orleans Superdome on Friday night of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Keyshia Cole performs on the main stage of the New Orleans Superdome on Friday night of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Issa Pointer of the Pointer Sisters performs on the main stage of the New Orleans Superdome on Friday night of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters performs on the main stage of the New Orleans Superdome on Friday night of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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The Pointer Sisters kick off the ESSENCE Music Festival’s Friday night lineup.

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The Pointer Sisters kick off the ESSENCE Music Festival’s Friday night lineup.

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Diggy Simmons performs his hit song “Four Letter Word” for the young ladies at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Diggy Simmons reaches for the stars at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Diggy Simmons at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Diggy Simmons at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival. The young rapper sang a myriad of his hits, from “Great Expectations” to “What They Been Waiting For.”

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OMG Girlz at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival. The ladies brought the kids in the audience to their feet with their mega hit, “Gucci This.”

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OMG Girlz sing “Fresh” at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Breaunna “Miss Baby Doll” Womack of the OMG Girlz performs at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Zonnique “Miss Star” Pullins of the OMG Girlz rocks the stage at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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OMG Girlz at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Disney star Roshon Fegan takes the stage at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Disney star Roshon Fegan takes the stage at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Disney star Roshon Fegan takes the stage at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Roshon Fegan at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Disney star Coco Jones sings “Fresher Than a Peppermint” for her young fans at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Coco Jones at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Coco Jones performs her own version of Ciara’s “1, 2 Step” for fans at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Coco Jones at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Coco Jones at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Coco Jones at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Nefatari at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Katlyn Nichol at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Katlyn Nichol at the New & Next concert on Thursday night at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.