Nas Shuts Down the Now Playing Concert Stage!

To kick off the 20th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival, headliner Nas tore down the stage with his performance from his critically-acclaimed album Illmatic. Take a look at Nas as he hits the ESSENCE Festival stage, as well as the other awesome Now Playing Concert performers.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 04, 2014

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Newcomer Jesse Boykins opened the show and warmed the crowd up for Jazmine Sullivan.

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Miss Sullivan gives us some face backstage. 

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If she takes time off to come back and sing like she did Thursday night, we don't mind waiting. 

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K. Michelle happily strutted on stage and sang her heart out.

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R&B's biggest voices pose together backstage. 

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K. Michelle loves to talk to her fans during her performances. 

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Yeeeeah! Trey took the stage and it wasn't long before he took his shirt off. 

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 Star power! The singers and the music executive kicked it backstage at the NOW PLAYING concert.

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The Illmatic emcee came out to roaring applause. 

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The two were all smiles backstage after bringing the crowd to their feet.

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In a touching moment at the end of the show, Nas dedicated his performance to Maya Angelou.