Essence Festival 25th Anniversary: Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, H.E.R., Normani, Nas Set to Perform


The Essence Festival is pulling out all of the stops to have a good time its 25th anniversary this yr. Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Pharrell, H.E.R., Teyana Taylor, Normani and Queen Naija are among the many first wave of artists being introduced for its 2019 lineup. The three-night live performance collection returns to New Orleans July Four-7.

Boasting greater than 80 acts, the 2019 Essence Festival can even characteristic particular performances marking the 25th anniversary of two seminal albums: Blige’s My Life and Nas’ Illmatic. In addition, the competition can even salute the profession of Frankie Beverly (Maze).

Rounding out the musical homecoming of established and rising stars on the Louisiana Superdome to date is a slate that features 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./

In a press launch asserting the 2019 Essence Festival, Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks stated, “When the Essence Festival was based 25 years in the past, it marked a pivotal second of imaginative and prescient and reverence — a essential acknowledgement of and funding within the energy of our tradition. In the years since, it has set an ordinary that many different festivals have aspired to and as we speak, the ESSENCE Festival has grown to signify an annual homecoming for black artists from throughout the globe. In honor of our 25th anniversary, greater than 25 artists per night time over three epic nights will come collectively to mount the world’s largest and most extraordinary cultural celebration.”

More acts shall be revealed within the coming weeks. Sponsors embrace AT&T, Ford, P&G, State Farm, Walmart and McDonald’s. For 2019 Essence Festival updates, together with details about ticket gross sales and lodging, go to