Star-studded line-up of celebrities to perform at 2017 ESSENCE Festival

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2019)

Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Solange and Chance Rapper are just a few of the Star-studded celebrities that will take the stage at the 2017 Essence Festival with a talent lineup that continues to heat up.

It will all go down in New Orleans, June 29 – July 2 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

From the daytime expos and workshops to a slate of entertainment-packed nightly concerts, the stage will be set for a mix of education, empowerment and dynamic musical performances.

This year, festival-goers will have more celebrity access, TV & Film sneak peeks and exclusive performances than ever before.  Entertainment All Access brings festival-goers the exclusive can’t miss moments with their favorite celebs.

See the cast from Universal’s Girls Trip: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish talk about their feature film; OWN’s Queen Sugar will bring Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe; and the stars of TNT’s Claws, Niecy Nash, Karrueche Tran, Judy Reyes, and Janine Sherman Barrois will be sure to entertain.

Center Stage will be hosted by Rocsi Diaz, with appearances by CeCe Winans, LeToya Luckett, Elle Varner, and more!

Watch live performances by the best emerging entertainers in the world, including DAVE Everyseason, Rafiya, Russell Taylor, and more!

Visit to see more celebs and TV personalities who will be stopping by.

Essence Festival celebrity line-up continues to heat up