Essence Festival 2017

Essence Festival 2017

June 30, 2017 - July 2, 2017
June 30, 2017 - July 2, 2017
New Orleans
New Orleans


The Essence Festival, known as "the party with a purpose", is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Locally referred to as the Essence Fest, it has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1994 except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. It also held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. It features artists simultaneously performing on a main stage as well as four standing-room only superlounge stages.

In 2008, for the first time since its 1995 inception , the festival was not produced by the original producer team. Instead, Essence Communications, owner of the festival and the Essence magazine, contracted Rehage Entertainment Inc.. A new main stage facelift was designed by production designer Stefan Beese. Beginning in 2013, Solomon Group became the Producer of Essence Festival.

In 2013 MSNBC broadcast live from the Essence Festival.[1][8] MSNBC returned for the 2014 festival.[9]

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Diana Ross
bornMarch 26, 1944
Resides inLos Angeles, California
John Legend
bornDecember 28, 1978
Chaka Khan
bornMarch 23, 1953
Mary J. Blige
bornJanuary 11, 1971

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John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor.

Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, he collaborated with already established artists. At various points in his career, Legend has sung in Magnetic Man's "Getting Nowhere," Kanye West's "Blame Game," on Slum Village's "Selfish," and Dilated Peoples' "This Way". Other collaborative appearances include Jay Z's "Encore", backing vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song "You Don't Know My Name," the Kanye West remix of Britney Spears' "Me Against the Music," and Fort Minor's "High Road". Legend played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". For his solo work, he earned a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single with "All of Me" in 2013. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2015 for writing the song "Glory" from the film Selma. He has also won ten Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[2] In 2017 Legend received a Tony Award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage.[3]


Mary Jane Blige (/ˈblʒ/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress. Starting her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What's the 411?, in 1992, and has released 13 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.

A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, and also known as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone,[1] Time,[2] and Vibe. For her part in combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that "[Blige's] music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph."[3] Blige made Time magazine's "Time 100" list of influential individuals around the world in 2007.[4]

As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide.[5] Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years.[6] In 2017, The magazine also lists her 2006 song "Be Without You" as the most successful R&B song of all times, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart.[7] In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time.[8] Moreover, she is ranked number 100 on the list of "100 greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine.[9] In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in "The 100 Greatest Women in Music."[10]

Blige also earned high remarks for her work in film. She starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages (2012). She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her musical contribution to the film The Help. In partnership with the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and Carol's Daughter, Blige released her "My Life" perfume. The perfume broke HSN records by selling 65,000 bottles during its premiere.[11] The scent went on to win two FiFi Awards, including the "Fragrance Sales Breakthrough" award.[12] In 2017, she stars in the period drama film Mudbound directed by Dee Rees.

Mainstage Performers13

Top Albums by Mainstage Performers25

Top Songs by Mainstage Performers24

Additional Performers28

Top Albums by Additional Performers53

Top Songs by Additional Performers47


New Orleans Morial Convention Center
The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The lower end of building one is located 1,640 feet upriver from Canal Street on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Notable Attendees106


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles123


Spotify - Featured Tracks61


News Articles26

No Limit’s Reunion At Essence Fest Receives Mixed Reactions
  –  July 4, 2017
Sporting hits like “Make ‘Em Say Uhh,” and “Shake Ya A**,” one would believe everyone in the New Orleans crowd at Essence Festival would transform into a No Limit soldier with word of a reunion performance. Sadly on Sunday night (July 2), that ...
Xscape fans angry at small Essence Festival stage
  –  July 4, 2017
Thanks so much for the love!!!! It truly meant the world to us!” The 2017 Essence Festival was headlined by Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, and Chance the Rapper, with other performers including John Legend, Solange, and Monica. Xscape announced earlier this ...
Essence Festival 2017 Day 3 Highlights: Solange, Xscape & Master P
  –  July 4, 2017
Essence Festival wrapped Sunday night (July 2) in New Orleans with performances from Solange, Master P, Trombone Shorty and Chance the Rapper on the main stage. Festival attendees streamed into the SuperDome early so that they could catch the younger ...
Three years after, ZUMA Film Festival returns
  –  July 4, 2017
“This year (2017), we are mounting a re-branded Zum Film Festival ... Nigeria’s tourism potentials as a film destination hub remain the overriding essence of ZUMA film festival.” NFC boss said, the film sector, which has contributed over 1.4% to ...
Mary J. Blige Protests Having To Pay Her Ex-Husband At Essence Festival
  –  July 4, 2017
(AllHipHop News) Mary J. Blige publicly protested her estranged husband’s spousal support request during her headlining set at the 2017 Essence Fest, questioning why she should have to pay for his alleged infidelities. The R&B icon was recently ordered ...
Issa Moment: Solange Tore The House Down With ESSENCE Fest Performance
  –  July 3, 2017
All the stars were aligned when Solange performed at Sunday night's ESSENCE Fest 2017. In her home of New Orleans, with an all-male brass band, all-women dancers, at a festival that celebrates Black women — the newly turned 31-year-old created a rare ...
Chance The Rapper, Mary J. Blige & more Headline Essence Fest 2017
  –  July 3, 2017
The 2017 Essence Festival was nothing short of amazing. Being that many of our close friends are native to the wonderful city of New Orleans, there were high expectations for this Annual event as well as the city in general. With sponsors such as Coca-cola ...
Essence Fest Attendance Tops Jazz Fest 2017
  –  July 3, 2017
Though nearly half as short as Jazz Fest (just four days versus JF’s seven), Essence brought in the highest number of attendees on record for any major festival in recent New Orleans history. JF’s 425,000 fans for both 2017 and 2016 fall short of its ...
Reality Celebrity Sightings at ESSENCE Festival and More: Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss
  –  July 3, 2017
This weekend the reality stars flocked to New Orleans for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival. Among the reality celebrities photographed there: Kenya Moore (marriage looks good on her), Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and others. Rumor has it that Matt Jordan even ...
Exclusive: Tank Shares Details On New Album ‘Savage’ at ESSENCE Fest 2017
  –  July 3, 2017
In 2017, the R&B General is planning to go ‘Savage‘ on ... Joining all the festivities at this year’s ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, Tank was ready and open to talk to ThisisRnB‘s own Ni’Kesia Pannell about the new single and upcoming album.
Watch: Xscape Shows Up and Shows OUT at the 2017 Essence Festival [Video]
  –  July 3, 2017
If you thought Xscape’s reunion at the 2017 BET Awards was exciting, then wait until you get into the group’s performance at the 2017 Essence Festival. There were hundreds of people who purchased tickets to see Kandi, Tamika, LaTocha, and Tiny blaze ...
Essence Fest 2017 draws 470,000 to New Orleans
  –  July 3, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The 2017 Essence Festival attracted more than 470,000 attendees to the New Orleans area, organizers announced Monday, about 20,000 more than last year. Event organizers said the festival also generated a record-breaking four billion social ...
Chance the Rapper struggles at Essence Fest’s final night! Solange came to play! Check it out here…
  –  July 3, 2017
“As a rapper,” Chance the Rapper said during his Sunday night headlining set at the 2017 Essence Festival, “you’ve got to have smooth transitions.” He didn’t always follow his own advice. Neither did Percy “Master P” Miller, the New Orleans ...
  –  July 3, 2017
Without a doubt, we can always count on Chloe X Halle to slay the moment with their own unique sense of fashion style wherever they go. Their appearance at the 2017 Essence Festival just proves that they are true fashionistas and possess the #stylegoals ...
Hollywood South News with Jabari: Halle Berry opens Essence Fest with ‘Kidnap’ movie premiere
  –  July 3, 2017
NEW OREANS --Halle Berry opened Essence Festival 2017 with the premiere of here new movie Kidnap at the Orpheum Theater. Local fans and festival goers picked up their tickets from the front door, grabbed a bag of free popcorn, and watched Berry give Q & A ...
Mary J. Blige helps fill the Superdome for Night 2 of the 2017 Essence Festival
  –  July 2, 2017
What a difference Mary J. Blige and Saturday night made at the 2017 Essence Festival. Large swaths of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were empty for the 23rd Essence Fest's opening night on Friday. But the stadium was much fuller on Saturday. It felt like the ...
Mary J. Blige Owns the Stage in 5-Inch Combat-Style Boots at Essence Fest — And They’re 50-Percent Off
  –  July 2, 2017
Mary J. Blige battled it out on the mic — clad in the costume to match — when she hit the 2017 Essence Festival stage on Saturday. Entertaining the crowd in New Orleans, the R&B queen had on a cropped black leather top teamed with camo trousers that ...
Watch: Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, Chaka Khan, & More Perform ‘I’m Every Woman’ At Essence Festival
  –  July 2, 2017
Mary J. Blige made a major mark on the 2017 Essence Music Festival. As reported, the R&B royal staged her own night comprised of performers she handpicked to rock the New Orleans stage. Jazmine Sullivan, Lala Hathaway, Ari Lennox, and Chaka Khan were some ...
Slain 7-year-old Dequante Hobbs Jr. honored during at Essence Festival in New Orleans
  –  July 1, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The 2017 Essence Festival, hosted by artist and philanthropist Master P, kicked off Thursday night with a celebrity basketball game The hardwood hoops attracted celebrities from the NBA, the NFL, as well as rap and hip-hop performers like ...
What to know about Essence Festival 2017
  –  July 1, 2017
John Legend & Tracee Ellis Ross Hit the Stage on Night One of Essence Music Festival
  –  July 1, 2017
Tracee Ellis Ross hits the stage to hype up the crowds on night one of the 2017 Essence Music Festival Presented by Coca-Cola on Friday night (June 30) at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 44-year-old black-ish actress appeared on ...
It’s ladies night at the Essence Festival in the Superdome
  –  July 1, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ladies are taking over the stages at the Essence Festival. Mary J. Blige ... which ranges from $50 to $500 a night. Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC. Click to Read More Click to Hide
QUICK QUOTES: Phaedra Parks Talks ‘Image Control’ During #EssenceFest 2017… (PHOTOS + VIDEO)
  –  July 1, 2017
Phaedra Parks poses during one of the opening events of the 2017 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans yesterday (June 30, 2016). Parks spoke with Patrik Henry Bass about her work to change how black women are portrayed in the media and says that even ...
Summer 2017 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the 2017 Essence Music Festival
  –  June 30, 2017
It’s that time again! The 2017 Essence Music Festival is well underway. For those of you headed to the Big Easy for a little music, culture, and all things NOLA, tap into a few outfit ideas with today’s style inspirations. Opt for an olive ruched ...
India.Arie returns to the Essence Festival with new music
  –  June 30, 2017
“I like the concept of the Essence Festival,” she said ... A full-length album entitled “Worthy” is scheduled for release in March. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten ...
Halle Berry to Open Empowerment Experience Stage at 2017 Essence Festival
  –  June 29, 2017
*(New York, NY) – Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE today announced that Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will open the Empowerment Experience Stage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, on Friday, June 30, 2017 ...

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