Chance The Rapper joins 2017 Essence lineup_lowres


Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper is headed back to New Orleans for 2017's Essence Festival, joining a lineup with previously announced artists Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Solange, among others. The 23rd annual festival returns to the Superdome June 29-July 2.

Also joining the lineup are No Limit Records alums Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk the Shocker as well as BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Kelly Price, Leela James and Rhonda Ross.

Chance recently was awarded Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance (for "No Problem," featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne) and Best Rap Album for his jubilant, self-released 2016 LP Coloring Book.

Tickets begin at $126.