ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul
3
Janet Jackson Gets Nasty at ESSENCE Music Festival

Janet Jackson

After being asked numerous times over the last 15 years to perform, Janet Jackson finally accepted ESSENCE’s invitation to headline this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Friday (July 2). “They’ve asked me for a while to be a part of the festival and my schedule never really permitted it,” Ms. Jackson explained to CNN.

The pop superstar, dressed as a futuristic dominatrix, pleased old and new fans with material including “The Pleasure Principle,” “Control,” “Rhythm Nation,” and her latest single “Nothing.” She even catered to one lucky male fan onstage in an S&M sequence, complete with whips and a straitjacket.

Monica, Charlie Wilson, Raphael Saadiq, and Chrisette Michele also performed earlier in the day.

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Jul
5
ESSENCE Music Festival 2009: Day 2

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke, Maxwell, Jazmine Sullivan, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Fiona, and more celebrated America’s independence by performing at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans on Saturday (July 4).

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Jul
4
ESSENCE Music Festival 2009: Day 1

Beyoncé

Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Solange, Keri Hilson, Salt-N-Pepa, and more joined the festivities on Day 1 of the 15th Annual ESSENCE Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Friday (July 3).

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Jul
6
2008 Essence Music Festival: Day 3

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Keyshia Cole signs copies of her CD on the third day of the 2008 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday.

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Jul
6
2008 Essence Music Festival: Day 2

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Solange Knowles at the 2008 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Saturday. The second day of the festival featured performances from LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild, Patti LaBelle, and Chrisette Michele. Pics below.

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Jul
5
2008 Essence Music Festival: Day 1

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Solange Knowles with son Daniel Julez Smith at the first day of the 2008 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Watch our interview with Solange on Rap-Up TV.

Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kanye, and more below.

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