1. Prince & Others Slay (And Step Out) During Essence Music Fest

The Purple One rocked the stage during the Essence Music Festival this year — just ask our #TeamBeautiful editor (http://bit.ly/1zkSaCQ) — and totally slayed. Fortunately, Prince wasn’t the only one to keep the crowd going. Check out the other performers who blazed that stage at EMF this year and a few celebs who mingled backstage.

2. Nas

The iconic rapper looked dapper (as usual) during his set.

3. Nile Rodgers

The legendary musician had a good time entertaining the audience.

4. Janelle Monae

Janelle was totally into that high note during her performance.

5. Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers

The two eclectic stars made time for a photo backstage.

6. Doug E. Fresh, Mary J. Blige & Biz Markie

The music heavyweights looked happy to see each other.

7. Mary J. Blige

Mary rocked an all-white ensemble like only she can.

8. Jill Scott

Jilly from Philly looked funky in her pants during her incredible performance. But, what makes her emotional? http://bit.ly/1j99S77

9. DJ Jazzy Jeff

The former “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” star kept it cool behind the turntables.

10. The Roots

The hip hop crew blazed the stage together.

11. Ledisi

Ledisi looked summertime fine in this cute yellow frock.

12. Ledisi

She quickly changed it up in a red jacket and jeans, though.

13. Tank

The singer served some sexy in this dapper black-and-white suit jacket.

14. Charlie Wilson

Uncle Charlie serenaded the audience with his smooth sound.

15. Lionel Ritchie

The legendary singer spent some time behind the piano during his set.

16. Erykah Badu

There’s no one quite like Erykah. And, the funky singer showed that when she posed on one foot backstage.

17. Erykah Badu

She kept it cool on stage, though.

18. Jazmine Sullivan

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Jazmine out and about, and we’re happy she’s back! http://bit.ly/1k0ejwj

19. Jazmine Sullivan

She looked absolutely beautiful on stage.

20. Jesse Boykins III

Jesse served some funky style on stage.

21. K.Michelle

K. showed off her snatched waistline.

22. Tamar Braxton

Tamar kept it right and tight in red.

23. Monica, Trey Songz & Latoya Luckett

The three R&B singers kicked it backstage.

24. Trey Songz

The smooth crooner had all of the ladies screaming, we’re sure. If you saw him during our InterludesLIVE, you’ll know why. http://bit.ly/1iYwF0i

25. August Alsina

The R&B/hip-hop newcomer impressed the Essence Festival audience.

26. Day26

Remember Day26? We’re happy to see the boys together again.

27. Elle Varner

The “Cold Case” singer kept it intimate with her guitar in hand. Her new music isn’t all that intimate and quiet, though. http://bit.ly/1rJfW9j

28. Estelle

The British singer kept it funky in her statement necklace.

29. Jagged Edge

The group is officially BACK! We’ve missed them so much. Did they perform their new song at all? http://bit.ly/TZmq5u

30. Kelly Price

Kelly looked cute in her short haircut.

31. Leela James

Leela looked snatched. But, that hair is giving LIFE, hunty!

32. Michelle Williams

Michelle looked great in her leather biker jacket.

33. Raheem DeVaughn

Raheem kept it simple in a white T, but we’re sure his performance was anything but.

34. Sevyn Streeter

We love seeing Sevyn blaze the stage.

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