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We'll be "living life like it's Golden" when this Philadelphia R&B diva takes the stage.
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Jilly from Philly performs at the Superdome mainstage on Saturday, July 5.
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This veteran R&B singer is lovingly referred to as "Uncle."
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"Uncle Charlie" will perform on the mainstage on Sunday, July 6.
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An ESSENCE Festival veteran, this R&B singer with a signature sound, has performed on the mainstage over 12 times.
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The one and only Mary J. Blige performs on the mainstage on Saturday, July 5.
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This gospel and pop singer will have us all singing "Say Yes."
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Williams performs at the CoverGirl Super Lounge on Saturday, July 5.
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This Queensbridge rapper celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album this year.
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Nas kicks off the festivities at the "Now Playing" concert at ESSENCE Festival on Thursday, July 3.
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We hope this Texas-born R&B singer picks from her "Apple Tree" at the ESSENCE Festival.
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The "analog girl in a digital world" will perform on the ESSENCE Festival stage, Saturday, July 5.
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This ESSENCE cover girl and New Orleans native recently released an album called The Truth.
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Ledisi hits the Superdome mainstage on Saturday, July 5.
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This Bronx, New York trio will leave us "Weak" and singing "I'm So Into You."
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SWV takes the Super Lounge stage on Saturday, July 5.
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This Philly soul girl with powerhouse vocals is back to performing after a brief retirement from the music industry.
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Sullivan joins Nas, Trey Songz, and more, at the "Now Playing" concert at ESSENCE Festival on Thursday, July 3.
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Expect this British expat to sing about her "American Boy."
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Estelle will perform at the CoverGirl Super Lounge on Friday, July 4.
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We'll be screaming "O.P.P." when this New Jersey rap trio hits the stage.
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Naughty By Nature takes the stage at the Verizon Super Lounge on Friday, July 4.
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Prince has personally picked this Kansas City native to perform her brand of intergalactic soul at the ESSENCE Festival.
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Monae will join Prince on the Superdome mainstage on Friday, July 4. More info here.
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This singer was once part of a '90s R&B duo that gave us classics like "Tell Me" and "Baby Luv."
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This R&B diva, new mom and reality star earned two Grammy nods for her song, "Love and War" earlier this year.
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Braxton hits the mainstage on Sunday, July 6th. Click here for more info.
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