The lineup also includes Mariah Carey, Ciara, Maxwell, Leon Bridges and Lion Babe with more to be announced
Kendrick Lamar will mark his return to the Essence Festival main stage when the 22nd annual celebration revisits the New Orleans Superdome from June 30 to July 3. Lamar, who recently took home five Grammy Awards, became the first rapper to close out the festival on his first appearance there last year.
Mariah Carey, Ciara, Maxwell and Charlie Wilson are also among the headlining artists comprising the Essence Festival's first-round reveal of its 2016 all-star lineup. Additional artists confirmed to perform across five stages over the four-night event: Babyface, BJ The Chicago Kid, Cyril Neville, Daley, Digable Planets, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jidenna, Judith Hill, Kelly Price, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, New Edition, Robert Glasper Experiment, Preservation Hall Band, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, Tyrese and V. Bozeman.