The 2015 ESSENCE Music Festival just got hotter. Following the announcement of the first round of performers, which included names such as Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, the famed publication has now revealed that legends Usher and Missy Elliot have been added to the list of main stage headliners.
On the heels of his international tour, Usher will make a highly-anticipated return to headline the Festival mainstage since his last performance in 2011. Missy Elliott will make her first ESSENCE Festival appearance, performing for the first time since her white-hot Superbowl XLIX performance last month.
Rising R&B stars Sevyn Streeter and Adrian Marcel have also been added to the list of performers for the four super lounges.
The 21st annual ESSENCE Festival will be taking place in New Orleans from July 2-5.
See the current list of performers below:
Artists confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include:
Usher, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar, Sevyn Streeter, Adrian Marcel, SZA, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred The Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw, Bilal, Tank, India.Arie, Floetry, Kelly Price, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Common, Trombone Shorty, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Nico & Vinz, Esperanza Spalding, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, and The Bangas and more to be announced soon.
Kevin Hart will headline the ESSENCE ‘Now Playing’ Concert, Thursday, July 2.
“On the heels of the ESSENCE Festival’s epic 20(th) anniversary celebration in 2014, we’re delighted to announce a selection of the best artists and biggest names in entertainment who will take the stage at the Superdome this summer,’ said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE community every Fourth of July weekend.”
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