The Essence Festival will be filled with a lot of star power from Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, & Jazz for its 2016 campaign. It has been announced that TDE's own Kendrick Lamar will be headlining this years festival. The 22nd annual Essence Festival will kickoff in New Orleans at the Superdome on June 30th through July 3rd. Kendrick will be the first rapper to close out this years festival besides the Grammy-Award winning emcee to headline the festival also Mariah Carey and Charlie Wilson are among the headlining acts. Additional artists confirmed to perform across five stages over the four-night event: Babyface, BJ The Chicago Kid, Cyril Neville, Daley, Digable Planets, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Bellinger, Estelle, Faith Evans, Jidenna, Judith Hill, Kelly Price, Lady Leshurr, Lalah Hathaway, Little Simz, Mali Music, MC Lyte, New Breed Brass Band, New Edition, Robert Glasper Experiment, Preservation Hall Band, St. Beauty, The Brand New Heavies, Tyrese and V. Bozeman.