Usher and Missy Elliott have been added to New Orleans' Essence Festival musical lineup, organizers announced Wednesday morning.
Joining Usher and Missy will be rap star Kendrick Lamar, in his Essence debut, returning Essence favorite Mary J. Blige and many others.
The fest is set for July 2-5 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Other artists will include rapper-actor Common, whose collaboration with singer John Legend, “Glory,” a song featured in the film “Selma,” is nominated for an Academy Award.
Also confirmed for the festival’s nighttime Superdome concerts are Erykah Badu, one of last year’s main stage performers; India.Arie; young jazz star Esperanza Spalding; New Orleans talent Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk; reunited British duo Floetry (Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart); Kelly Price; Lianne La Havas; Elle Varner; Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses; Bilal; Goapele; Robert Glasper; Kool Moe Dee; Doug E. Fresh; Mystikal; Slick Rick; Nico &Vinz; SZA; Dee-1; Tonya Bond Cannon; Leon Bridges; Andra Day; Kindred the Family Soul; Tweet; Jeff Bradshaw; and New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas.