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Kendrick Lamar will make his ESSENCE Fest debut in 2015.
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Set to headline ESSENCE Fest 2015, recording artist Mary J. Blige is pictured attending The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
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India.Arie is set to return to the ESSENCE Fest stage in 2015, as well as appear in the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience.
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Another NOLA native, Trombone Shorty brings heart and soul to the Main Stage this year.
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Following his 2015 Grammy win for "Glory," Common is set to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.
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After rave reviews of her 2014 Essence Fest performance, Erykah Badu is back again for 2015.
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Nephew Tommy is set to keep the energy high in between ESSENCE Fest performances in 2015.
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Rap legend Kool Moe Dee is ready to bring the original hip hpo, East Coast flavor to New Orleans for ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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New Orleans native Mystikal will join his No Limit family to light up the ESSENCE Festival Main Stage.
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Slick Rick is ready to rule the 2015 ESSENCE Fest stage.
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This top New Orleans' based band is gearing up to bring the funk to ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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2015 ESSENCE Fest performers Nico & Vinz were spotted on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. With their high energy music, these handsome young men are sure to make their mark on stage this summer.
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Elle Varner is set to bring her new edge to the 2015 ESSENCE Fest stage.
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The beautiful and talented Esperanza Spalding will perform at ESSENCE Fest 2015 with her set, Esperanza Spalding Presents: EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION.
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TDE's first lady is set to make her Essence Fest debut in 2015, along with headliner Kendrick Lamar.
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A former schoolteacher, this New Orleans based rapper has already collaborated with chart topping Christian rapper, Lecrae and had DJ Mannie Fresh host his 2012 mixtape The Focus Tape. Now with a major label deal and his first national release scheduled for this year, this lyricist is ready to add his name right next to his counterparts.
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Multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and New Orleanian Tonya Boyd Cannon is set to perform for the first time at ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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Committed to the Motown sound, newcomer Leon Bridges is set to take us back in time with his magical set at ESSENCE Fest 2015. We can't wait.
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YouTube sensation turned Warner Brothers recording artist Andra Day used her talent and her social skills to make her dream come true. With her immense talent, she's sure to make you a believer at ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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Kelly Price is set to perform and empower the masses at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival, as well as speak at the Empower U Workshop on the topic of 'Money and Power.'
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With the release of his new album "Love, Sex & Passion," Raheem DeVaughn is set to bring all three to the Essence Fest 2015 stage.
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With more buzz growing about singer Mali Music each day, ESSENCE Fest is excited to have this talent in our 2015 line up.
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...Eric Roberson. Another soulful crooner that loves to celebrate women.
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Singer Teedra Moses is set to light up the stage with her vocals at ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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Avery*Sunshine, the beautiful voice behind the hit "Call on Me," is set to bring her light to the 2015 ESSENCE Fest performance stage.
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Kindred the Family Soul is set to perform at ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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With her gorgeous smile and new regal cut, talented singer Goapole is set to hit the stage at ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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Robert Glasper joins ESSENCE Festival again for 2016.
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Tweet, who was spotted at the 2014 ESSENCE Fest, will be performing this year in New Orleans at #EF2015.
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...Philadelphia native and gifted trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw, who is also set to perform at ESSENCE Fest 2015.
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After impressing crowds at ESSENCE Fest 2014, Bilal is set to return to New Orleans as a 2015 performer for the third time.
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Tank & The Bangas are slated to perform at ESSENCE Fest 2015. The New Orleans based band combines soul, spoken word, hip hop and R&B to inspire their audiences to get lost in their performances.
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