Ciara, Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, & More To Headline ‘2016 Essence Festival’

Published: Sunday 28th Feb 2016 by Sam

New Orleans is set to welcome a host of Urban music’s biggest names this summer when the 2016 Essence Festival pulls into town.

The extravaganza, which seems to grow bigger and better each year, promises to continue that trajectory thanks to a number of artists you’re sure to be familiar with.

Details below…

Per the event’s official website, Ciara, Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, and Maxwell are just a few of the major names set to grace the main stage at the festival – which takes place June 30th – July 3rd.

Other names on the impressive bill include Babyface, Tyrese, V. Bozeman, Jidenna, Daley, Faith Evans, Dej Loaf, Estelle, LION BABE, and the UK’s Lady Leshurr.


An uber-strong line-up.

As for the “TGJ girls,” it’s both surprising and refreshing to see Mimi actually hitting the live circuit. Indeed, beyond Vegas, she’s trekking Europe on the ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour’ next month and now this. Collect those coins, ay!

Similar kudos to Ciara. With murmurs of change in her camp and confirmation of a new album, it’s awesome to see that she’ll be keeping her name and face in the mix in the meanwhile.

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  1. #JACKIE February 28, 2016

    LMAO queen stays booked!!!!

    • Truth(Nicki WHACK and Adele FAT…WHET!!) February 28, 2016

      Biitch u jokin right?? Everyone tge named is a flop…like ur mom. #19k

  2. Y’all Poor AF February 28, 2016

    Okay CiCi I see you. Mariah will draw a large audience and so well Maxwell, she has a devouted fan base.

    • Y’all Poor AF February 28, 2016


    • Uche February 29, 2016

      Jackie Outsold Mariah Last Album

      • JT February 29, 2016

        Um no. “Me I am Mariah” sold almost twice as much as “Jackie.” They were both flops, so no arguing it, but you’re pretty off-base.

  3. Gomezdailyfix February 28, 2016

    Ciara you still fighting I see. Keep it up

  4. HailBeysus February 28, 2016

    meanwhile Rihanna is recovering from bronchitis or throat ST D and postponing the anti tour tour

  5. 👑💲Queen Molly💲👑 February 28, 2016

    Yaaaaas CI show these girls whats good. #Booked4Life

    • Faf February 28, 2016

      Hahaha love it.
      “I don’t get dropped I drop the label” -Hov

  6. King Mark111 /.\ February 28, 2016

    New year, new “Ciara is coming back” BS. But the results are always the same. Flop.

    • #JACKIE February 28, 2016

      #C7 will slay Anti, f**.

    • J-Mar February 28, 2016

      New Year New D******** Still Will Flop Even In Her Grave Lol.

  7. J-Mar February 28, 2016

    Yassssssssssssssssssssss Cici Show These Haters U Still Gettig Booked And Still Have A Record Deal Say What U Want About Ciara But You Can’t Deny Her Hustle She Never Give Up That What True Artist Suppose To Do Never Give Up Even If U Had A Few Down Falls.

  8. SWISH February 28, 2016

    a post about ciara and pressed h*** mentioning Rihanna in the comments

  9. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) February 28, 2016

    Mariah AND Maxwell?! Omg I have to buy a ticket omg omg omg I love them both so much!

  10. Cinnamon Girl February 28, 2016

    Russell Wilson got his tickets already. Lol

  11. Coolness February 28, 2016

    The Essence-fest stage is huge a opportunity and shows that Ciara still has some pull after all these years so I’m happy for her. Maxwell and Mariah are probably my two favorite male and female vocalists to emerge from the 90s but it does sadden me though that their voices have gone through quite a bit in recent years. Mimi has shown improvement here and there but I can’t help but think Max’s vocal issues are the reason he’s delayed the sequel to BLACKsummers’night for almost six years. Good luck all.

  12. JOHNVIDAL February 28, 2016

    Mariah is working damn it! She´s sounding really great. I´ll be waiting for that next album whenever it happens. Real legend.

  13. Jamie February 28, 2016

    SMH @ Essence.

  14. 🍟🍧🍩Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans👟👗🎒 February 28, 2016

    Cmon, Ci! Let’s show them how you slay a life effortlessly! I’m all here for supporting the advancement and progress of out black women! Let’s go, Ci!

  15. .:: Centurion (14 #1s) ::. February 28, 2016

    Oh I see now. Ciara postponed her Bathroom status Summer Tour so she could perform at a bigger venue other than those nightclubs and Bathroom stalls. Smart move Ci. 👍

  16. Truth(Nicki WHACK and Adele FAT…WHET!!) February 28, 2016

    Honey thiis is a joke! The essence of a flop!!!

    • Ming Chang February 28, 2016

      lmfaoooooo chile… lmfaooooo

  17. What now February 28, 2016

    So we shade tours but praise festivals? Bih what???

  18. yesterday was a difficult lie because it’s you And you boy unpillow February 28, 2016

    Good for ciara princess

  19. Lake Erie February 28, 2016

    CiCi!!!! What a Good look Mama! Get it.

  20. Authentic February 28, 2016

    Ciara could’ve been the black equivalent of Britney Spears but she has identity issues & didn’t follow a working formula.

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