If you missed the annual Essence Music Festival, then you missed some pretty memorable moments!
Missy Elliott took the stage Saturday night at the New Orleans Super Dome and rocked through nearly 20 years of hits. She performed fan favorites like Get ur Freak on ,Hot Boyz, Sock it to me and more.
After the show, Solange‘s Saint Heron multimedia band threw the St. Heron’s 17 Wards Weekend Wine & Grind which included a “Missy Appreciation Hour” complete with DJ sets and a performance from singer Tweet.
Missy Elliott was super grateful and humbled by the party.
Despite the pouring rain, fans flocked to the Super Dome on Sunday night to catch the reunited Floetry. After several years spent apart and several solo albums,Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius took to the stage and belted through their hits Say Yes, Butterflies and more.
Hopefully, this leads to a new album from the duo. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Of course, no Essence Festival is complete with the “Queen of Essence Fest” Mary J. Blige. She has performed at the festival over 10 times! Mary J. Blige shut down the final night with her hits and signature dance moves.
Usher also graced the stage at Essence and took the opportunity to make a bold, political statement. His t-shirt had strikethrough July fourth and Juneteenth written underneath symbolizing the emancipation from slavery in Texas in 1865.
He’s definitely one of our all-time favorites.
Fresh off his critically acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar closed out the festival on Sunday night. He performed Swimming pools, Bitch don’t kill my vibe, Alright and more.
We won’t be surprised if this is just the first in a long line of appearances at Essence Fest for the Compton MC.
If you didn’t get to go to Essence this year, you definitely missed a great weekend. But now is the time to start planning for Essence Fest 2016.