Hottest Celebs at ESSENCE Fest

 The celebs have descended on New Orleans for the 21st annual ESSENCE Festival. See who's in attendance!

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 05, 2013

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Usher poses for a portrait backstage at the 2015 Essence Festival.

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Yara Shaidi poses backstage at ESSENCE Live at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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LeCrae poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Chrisette Michele poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Erykah Badu watches as Missy Elliot performs day 3 in the Superdome for ESSENCE Fest.

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Keke Palmer and Lucien Laviscount pose backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Common rehearses for his July 4th performance at the Superdome on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Kelly Rowland attends day 3 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Garcelle Beauvais, Malinda Williams and Golden Brooks pictured on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Lucien Laviscount poses backstage at ESSENCE Live at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Pastor Toure Roberts and Devon Franklin pose backstage at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Vanessa Williams poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Candice Brook attends the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Terrence J. snaps a picture with fans on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Jussie Smollett attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Bryshere Gray aka Yazz poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Malinda Williams attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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June Ambrose attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Sommore attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Luke James attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Garcelle Beauvais poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Golden Brooks attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Chrisette Michele attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Malinda Williams, Garcelle Beauvais and Golden Brooks attend the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Kelly Rowland attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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The cast of 'Underground' talks on a panel during day 3 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Will Packer his new project, 'Uncle Buck',  during day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Keke Palmer poses backstage at the Superdome on day 2 of the ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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June Ambrose and Adrienne Bailon are pictured together during day 2 of ESSENCE Fest in the Convention center.

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Claudia Jordan poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Flex Washington and Shanice snap a picture with 'Kid N' Play' backstage at the Superdome on day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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MC Lyte is pictured in the Convention center on day 2 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Keke Palmer and Iyanla Vanzant pictured backstage at the Superdome on day 2 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Jussie Smollett speak onstage at the 2015 Essence Festival on day 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Charlie Wilson on day 3 of the ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Bryshere Gray pictured at the Convention center on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Gabourey Sidibe pictured in the Convention center on day 3 of ESSENCE Fest.

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Common at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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India Arie attends the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

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Jurnee Smollett attends the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Director Ava DuVernay snaps a picture with President of ESSENCE Communications, Michelle EBanks, on day 2 of ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans.

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Meagan Good attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Tank and Luke James attend the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Peter Thomas and Cynthia Bailey attend the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss attend the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Morris Chestnut and Meagan Good attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good onstage at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Raheem Devaughn posed backstage at the Superdome on day 1 of ESSENCE Festival.

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Trey Songz attends the 2015 Essence Festival on day 1 in New Orleans.

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Demetria McKinney attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Usher attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Sevyn Streeter the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Malinda Williams attends the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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Miss Lawerence and Bevy Smith pose backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.

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Nicole Murphy poses backstage in the VIP lounge at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, LA.