Our Fave Instagram Pics from Last Year's Star-Studded #EssenceFest

Take a candid look at all the fun celebs had at last year's festivities. From the VIP room to backstage at the Superdome, here's how a star experiences the ESSENCE Festival.

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Wefie in the New Orleans streets. #essencefest #TRIGGA

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@iamterrencej and I being crazy backstage @ #365blackawards ! Soooo fun!! #essencefest

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Great show tonight. thank you #nola. The crowd was amazing. So long for the night. @kenduisaacs #MyDad @nikkiskysavvy @donpoohmusic @jahajohnson @nicolii_sc @mrsmayrod Teterboro here we come. #HomesweetHome. #essencefestival

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@saintrecords #essencefest

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About last night! @erykahbadu

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New Orleans native Luke James took some time out from #essencefest to visit family. He posted: my god daughter London | credit : @hairbylp #neworleans

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@Covergirl day party at the House of Blues with @common on the mic #essencefest #easybreezystyle #instafashion #instastyle #ad #fashion #Fashionbombdaily #style Image: @visualsbypierre

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"I've always loved SWV @cokoclemons @tajgeorge @therealleleswv," posted Leela James.

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"So excited to spend some time with one of my favorite people tonight in New Orleans!! U would have sworn we hadn't seen each other in years with that hug! Lol!!! Love u Mo! @monicabrown #Essenceweekend #friends #NOLA," posted LeToya Luckett.

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"No, @essencemag top editor @Vanessa_KBush and I did not coordinate the lime green, but we're looking good at @essencefest! #EssenceFest," posted Roland Martin.

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Was at rehearsal earlier today praying for/claiming the day I sell out the Superdome #workhard #prayhard 

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"The greatest inside and out Yolanda Adams," posted Ledisi.

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"Backstage in my dressing room chilling with one of my favs @jsullivanmusic AMAZING artist," posted K.Michelle.

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"Ready #gulfport #essencefest #teamke," posted the R&B Divas star.

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My girl @toyawright talking me into this being a dress... Needless to say 4 bags of clothes later... I got my life!! #NOLA make sure you hit up @Garbboutique on magazine street!! 

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"So much light on this stage at #essencefest , the super dome is huge #neworleans…got a chance to meet the sound & video production team to talk down my set & feel out the stage… #LoveApparatus," posted Boykins.

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"The Braxton Family Values stopped by #TheBigMMikeShow #TheBlazeFM #EssenceFest," posted Big Mike.

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Don't forget to come see me tomorrow at the Walmart stage at 10:45 am #essencefestival #walmart #nicolemurphy

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"Met up with @iamsteveharvey and @musicbykem #essencefest!," posted Bishop TD Jakes.

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"@debralangford @emilwilbekin @derekjhair and now @essencefest begins, good times, good people," posted Bevy Smith.

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This great assortment of black girl power got together to discuss the beauty of confidence.

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"All in a days of work! Love @jojosayz best assistant," posted Angela Simmons.

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"Essence Fest! #IllmaticXX," posted the "Now Playing" headliner.

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"Trey luh me," posted Jazmine Sullivan. 

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Me @iamterrencej & @treysongz turnt @ #essencefest

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R&B singer Elle Varner attended the Pop of Color day party and captured this photo of Solange DJ'ing with the caption, "@saintrecords killin the set!!"

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"Me & my girl beautiful @goddesstomiko #essencefest #walmart," posted the Real Housewives of Atlanta star.

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Tina got #HELP backstage at #essencefest

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"With these lovelies. #nola @damarislewis @estelledarlings," psted Chef Roble.

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"Me & Him. #vzwessencefest @warryncampbell #4thofJuly #essencefestival," posted Erica Campbell.

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My darling #britishbae, @liannelahavas. #essencefest

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I love this woman, next to my wife the classiest woman I know,Robin is the best. #abc @cynthiabailey10

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What an awesome day!Happy 4th of July everyone! See ya tomorrow at Essence Music Festival ! #essencefest

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Happy 4th! #essencefest #selfie #neworleans beat by @deedee_kelly hair by @chrisgees

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Essence later grams... with @sevyn

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How cute is my baby sis @malinsworld ? Sooooo!!! #essencefest #sisters4Life #empowered @blackaids

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.@uber_la on the way to the Airport. Headed to New Orleans for #essencefest Much to Smile about #lifeisgreat #blessed

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Got a chance to catch up with the always hilarious & super supportive @iamsteveharveytv #essencefest2014

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Thank you @essencefest @essence @owntv making this girls July 4th a priceless one. Honored. #livinglimitlessly

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Fresh off the stage !!! I would do Center Stage @ #EssenceFest w/ @marriottintl all over again! That was incredible! Did you like the hotel collection?

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A whole lot of sexiness at @essencefest with @naturinaughton and the leggy @NikkiBeharie. I'm all smiles, baby! #EssenceFest

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#essencefestival me and my girls @nikkibeharie and @iamwendyraquel

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I love her! #essencefest

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Sending much love to all the fans I've met so far at #EssenceFestival #theloveisreal and I appreciate every one of you. If you see me don't hesitate to say hey or get that selfie! #HittheFloor #terrencewall #vh1 #robrileynyc

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@chrisettemichelle strikes a pose backstage at the 2014 #essencefest

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Nichole Beharie (@nikkibeharie) and Naturi Naughton (@naturi4real) at the McDonalds 365Black Awards at #EssenceFest.

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Excited to take the Essence Empowerment stage to discuss "Our Cities Our Solutions" #EssenceFest

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With the amazing @Soledadobrien who's also on the panel with us! Argh!!!! See you soon!

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#essence #nola

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French Quarter love...#essencefest #selfie

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And this is the infamous Essence Selfie. #Essenceselfie

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Malinda Williams hasn't aged a day in 20 years!  ! #essencefest

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#nola #prince concert !!

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Great seeing @malimusic this morning.

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Me & @ellevarner

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Just ran into Bishop TD Jakes at #EssenceFest!

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Me & KEM! #ESSENCEFest

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Me & this vocal beast @therealtank! #ESSENCEFest

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Behind the Main Stage #EssenceFest w/ interviews & @IamWendyRaquel @essencefest

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Hey pretty people. Just saying hello from backstage at the ESSENCE FEST Walmart stage. #ucomin? Wassup N.O. xoxo!!!

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My day was made when I ran into @BishopJakes & he blessed me with a big ole hug. Love me some him! #picoftheday #essencefest

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2HOTT THANGS @ the Prince concert @Essence Fest 2014!! 

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I forgot to post this one from yesterday... Love @ledisi so much!! #essencefest

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Homies. @lancegross + @iamalesharenee #essencefest #viplounge #superdome #nola #summerofom

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At the #365awards here at #EssenceFest2014 where giving back is what it's all about. #change

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Can y'all guess what me and @yolandalive are discussing? LOL @essencefest #essencefest

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Me nd my beat sister @itowandabraxton with my boo @jawnmurray #EssenceFest #TraciBraxton #BFV #TowandaBraxton #NewOrleans #TraBirds @Gain @gainlaundry

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@thedynamoshow and @marshaAmbrosius backstage at #essencefest

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Thanks Verizon @jmcdeezie #EssenceFest

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Amazing Stories Panel. Hope we inspired y'all New Orleans! #essencefest

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@tyrese is the luckiest man in New Orleans. @tarajiphenson #essencefest

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Prince and Eye #essencefest #sometimesitsnowsinapril #essencefest YOLO #nawlins

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Me and @therealtank hanging out backstage at the Verizon Booth! #vzwessencefest #essencefest

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I was tryna get a Lil selfie in b4 I went on the main stage to represent #McDonalds at #essencefest2014 & clearly I wasn't alone @tarajiphenson @everlylee

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#365BlackAwards at the #essencefestival #nervous #excited #thankful