Chance the Rapper Added as Headliner for 2017 Essence Festival

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Chance the Rapper performs on stage at Fillmore Miami Beach on Oct. 10, 2016 in Miami Beach, Fla.

BJ the Chicago Kid, Gallant, Elle Varner & more complete the full performance lineup.

Chance the Rapper is the latest headliner addition to this year’s Essence Festival. The newly minted Grammy winner will make his Essence Festival debut when he joins fellow headliners Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige and John Legend at the annual event, which returns to the Superdome in New Orleans on June 30-July 2.

More than 40 acts will perform this year, including the following new additions that now complete the full lineup: No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk, plus BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Kelly Price, Leela James and Rhonda Ross.

The full weekend concert slate is as follows:

2017 Mainstage Artists: Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Ari Lennox, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Master P, No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk, Monica, Rhonda Ross, Solange and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

2017 Superlounge Artists: BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Jhené Aiko, June’s Diary, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, Leela James, Lizzo, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, PJ, Sir the Baptist, Remy Ma, Ro James, Shaggy, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls featuring Shirley Jones, Tweet, Yuna.

Information about ticket sales for the 2017 Essence Festival presented by Coca-Cola is available at


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