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Gospel Star Yolanda Adams to be Honored with All-Star Tribute at Essence Festival


The Essence Festival is almost underway and the event’s planners have revealed the night-by-night line-up of performers for the event’s 20th anniversary celebration, which will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans during Fourth of July weekend. Gospel star Yolanda Adams will be honored with an all-star tribute at Essence‘s Empowerment Experience, which will include appearances by Donnie McClurkin, Rev. Al SharptonSteve Harvey and Iyanla Vanzant. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

Prince will kick off the festivities alongside special guest performers beginning Friday, July 4 on the main stage while EveKingStephanie MillsLeela JamesNaughty by NatureKevin RossEstelle and Greta Prince will perform at the event’s intimate Superlounges.

On Saturday, concertgoers will enjoy main stage performances by Mary J. BligeJill Scott, Ledisi and The Roots, as well as separate shows from 112Marsha AmbrosiusMichelle WilliamsBig Sam’s Funky Nation, Tevin Campbell, Liv WarfieldPJ MortonDoug E. Fresh and Kourtney Heart.

Closing out the event, Charlie Wilson, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu and Tamar Braxton will serve as the headlining acts on Sunday night while Robert Glasper will play the smaller venue alongside K. MichelleRaheem DaVaughnSevyn StreeterElle VarnerAugust AlsinaSebastian MikaelAmel Larrieux and The Original Pinettes.

Comedian Nephew Tommy will serve as the host of three-day event.

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