Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige & Nas to Headline 2019 Essence Festival

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Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and Nas are among the big names headlining the 25th anniversary of the Essence Festival in July. Other acts set to perform include Pharrell Williams, H.E.R., Teyana Taylor, Normani, Anthony Hamilton, and Big Freedia. "When the Essence Festival was founded 25 years ago, it marked a pivotal moment of vision and reverence--a critical acknowledgement of and investment in the power of our culture," Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks says in a statement. "In the years since, it has set a standard that many other festivals have aspired to and today, the Essence Festival has grown to represent an annual homecoming for black artists from across the globe." The Real’s Loni Love is set to host the event, which will be held July 5-7 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets will be going on sale at a later date.