The 2016 Essence Festival Just Announced Its Star-Studded Lineup—See the List of Performers

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The 22nd annual Essence Festival has a time and a place—and now, its first round of performers! The show will take place in New Orleans from June 30 to July 3, and will feature none other than Grammy Award-winner Kendrick Lamar returning to headline the event.

The festival will have performances by Mariah Carey, Ciara, Andra Day, Leon Bridges, Estelle, and many more incredible stars. Head over to to see the full list of the first round of performers who will take the stage in the Big Easy this July 4 weekend.

The four-night and five-stage event is expecting more than 550,000 attendees. For more information about ticket sales, head to and keep checking back to see the next round of incredible performers.

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