Eye Candy Flashback: Unforgettably Sexy ESSENCE Fest Moments

As we prepare to celebrate 20 years of ESSENCE Fest with 20 action-packed stages, we can't help but reminisce about all of the red-hot moments we've already shared with you in New Orleans. (And we're not talking about the weather!) Let's review!

Charli Penn Jun, 30, 2014

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ESSENCE Festival regular, and total hearthrob Trey Songz loves to perform shirtless, as seen here during his steamy 2012 main stage performance. #wow

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Say hello to the 1st runner up in the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Eye Candy Pageant, model Darryl Chambers.

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Meet the winner of the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Eye Candy Pageant. Hello, gorgeous!

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Meet the second runner up in the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival Eye Candy Pageant. Remember him? Yummy!

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Actor Laz Alonso strikes a pose at ESSENCE Music Festival 2012.

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The 2012 ESSENCE Festival Eye Candy Pageant finalists had us gasping for air with this group shot.

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Ladies in the audience swooned as Trey Songz sang his heart out at the Superdome in New Orleans during the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival. (And he proved he could keep his shirt on and get the ladies just as excited to see him.)

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Tank kicked off the Saturday lineup at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans in 2012 in style.

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Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank of TGT brought three times the sexy for their Sunday night main stage performance at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

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New Edition brought that old school sexiness back to the forefront on Day 3 of the ESSENCE Music Festival in 2011 and we couldn't get enough.

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Trey Songz

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Ladies, is there ever such a thing as too much Trey? Take a look at the time Trey Songz heated up the stage on Day 3 of the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans in 2011.

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Soul brother Kem kicked off Day 3 of the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans in 2011 with a steamy performance.

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El Debarge graced the main stage at ESSENCE Music Festival superdome in 2011. We have one word for his comeback performance: Fire!

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Kanye West gave an unforgettable red-hot performance on the main stage at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Eric Benet brough his smooth and sexy swag to the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans. My, my, my!

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Who could forget Timothy Bloom's steamy performance at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival? We sure can't!

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Miguel heated things up on the Superlounge stage singing his sultry R&B hits in 2011. We were right there groovin' to the melodies too.

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"Good Kisser" Usher delivered an hour and a half of number ones during his second EMF performance on July 3, 2011. He also paid tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Our eyes were glued to the stage.

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Trey Songz on the main stage at the Superdome on Sunday night in 2010.

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In 2010, heartthrob LL Cool J brought roses for all the ladies, and they swooned!

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Raphael Saadiq lit up the main stage of the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday night in 2010.

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Boris Kodjoe flaunted his handsome smile on the ESSENCE.com Live Stage at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Nick Canon on the ones and twos at the Visa booth at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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Usher speaks backstage at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival.