Our Favorite ESSENCE Festival Photos

One thing is guaranteed when it comes to the ESSENCE Festival: the stars always come out in full force. Enjoy some of our favorite celeb photos from past Festivals.

ESSENCE.COM May, 21, 2013

1 of 24 Jennifer Cooper

No one was going to get in the way of Jill Scott's performance at the 2010 ESSENCE Festival. She'll return to the Festival on Friday, July 5, to wow the crowd yet again.

2 of 24 Michael Rowe

R&B singer Keyshia Cole never fails to put on a show. She did just that during last year's ESSENCE Festival and will do so again on Saturday, July 6.

3 of 24 Michael Rowe

Luke James fans who didn't get enough last year will have the chance to see the singer perform in the ESSENCE Festival superlounge on Sunday, July 7.

4 of 24 Jennifer Cooper

If you've ever seen Janet Jackson perform, you know what you're in for. Her electrifying dance moves, unique voice and undeniable sex appeal keep us all wanting more.

5 of 24 Michael Rowe

Motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant looks absolutely radiant. Look out for her at this year's ESSENCE Festival, where she'll discuss achieving happiness in your life.

6 of 24 Michael Rowe

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, takes the ESSENCE Festival stage, inspiring all in attendance.

7 of 24 Jennifer Cooper

Victoria Rowell will return to the ESSENCE Festival in July to share what it takes to be sexy at any age.

8 of 24 Michael Rowe

After being on a hiatus, R&B singer D'Angelo won over the 2012 ESSENCE Festival crowd.

9 of 24 Lenyon Whitaker

Mary J. Blige brought down the house at the 2011 ESSENCE Festival and fans couldn't help but sing along to many of her hits.

10 of 24 Michael Rowe

Cynthia Bailey of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" proves that her modeling skills are still on point.

11 of 24 Michael Rowe

Shaunie O'Neal of "Basketball Wives" looks fierce as she mixes and mingles at the ESSENCE Festival.

12 of 24 Michael Rowe

Uncle Charlie gives his all with every performance. Get ready for him to rock the ESSENCE Festival mainstage on Saturday, July 6.

13 of 24 Jennifer Cooper

Our favorite R&B singer from Georgia takes in the love from her fans during her ESSENCE Festival show.

14 of 24 Michael Rowe

To the delight of ladies everywhere, Tank will return to the ESSENCE Festival in July. This time, he'll perform as part of TGT, his new group with Tyrese and Ginuwine.

15 of 24 Michael Rowe

Actress Denise Vasi spoke candidly about love and relationships during the 2012 ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience.

16 of 24 Jennifer Cooper

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is all smiles during the 2010 ESSENCE Festival.

17 of 24 Lenyon Whitaker

If you're going to experience an Usher show, you'll need tons of energy. During the 2011 ESSENCE Festival, the R&B star had everyone on their feet.

18 of 24 Michael Rowe

Fashion stylist to the stars, June Ambrose, looks gorgeous in her floral number.

19 of 24 Michael Rowe

R&B singer/songwriter Goapele stuns in an animal print dress.

20 of 24 Jennifer Cooper

Actor Michael Ealy looks calm, cool and collected, as he poses for the camera.

21 of 24 Michael Rowe

ESSENCE Festival alum Roland Martin will return to the event this year to share his views on protecting children from gun violence.

22 of 24 Michael Rowe

Gospel artist Kirk Franklin takes a moment for prayer during his Festival show.

23 of 24 Michael Rowe

The Pointer Sisters gave fans a taste of their greatest hits during the 2012 ESSENCE Festival.

24 of 24 Lenyon Whitaker

2011 ESSENCE Festival concert attendees were in for a treat when Jennifer Hudson hit the stage. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning star never fails to deliver a powerful show.