Music's Hottest Acts To Perform At 2016 Essence Festival

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five-time Grammy winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is returning to the Essence Festival in New Orleans along with first-timers Jeremih, Leon Bridges and Dej Loaf.

         Lamar made his festival debut in 2015, closing out the four-day event which this year is scheduled June 30 to July 3.

         Other scheduled performers include Mariah Carey, Ciara, Babyface, Charlie Wilson, Estelle, Lalah Hathaway, Maxwell, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Daley, Tink, New Edition, Tyrese, Robert Glasper Experience and Kelly Price. New Orleans-based performers include Cyril Neville, New Breed Brass Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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         Essence revealed the lineup Tuesday. Essence President Michelle Ebanks, in a news release, said the talent includes "the biggest names and best performers in entertainment — from global music icons to the industry's rising stars."

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