The Essence Festival is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Pharrell, H.E.R., Teyana Taylor, Normani and Queen Naija are among the first wave of artists being announced for its 2019 lineup. The three-night concert series returns to New Orleans July 4-7.
Boasting more than 80 acts, the 2019 Essence Festival will also feature special performances marking the 25th anniversary of two seminal albums: Blige’s My Life and Nas’ Illmatic. In addition, the festival will also salute the career of Frankie Beverly (Maze).
Rounding out the musical homecoming of established and emerging stars at the Louisiana Superdome thus far is a slate that includes Anthony Hamilton, City Girls, Davido, Big Freedia, Ledisi, Jermaine Dupri, Jacquees, Nao, PJ Morton, El DeBarge, Sheila E., Big Daddy Kane and Teddy Riley. Loni Love (TV’s The Real) will host with music by D-Nice.\