Mary J, Fantasia & Jill to Headline Essence Fest

Singers Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Fantasia have just been named as headliners for this year’s Essence Music Festival. Set to take place from July 1st to July 3rd, the 17th annual event has become a staple for R n’ B acts, old and new.

Joining this year’s headliners will also be Trey Songz and Kanye West, whom event planners are hoping will bring in crowds similar to those of Janet Jackson in 2010 and Beyonce in 2009.

Last year Janet shattered an attendance record of 72,000 set by Beyonce the previous year. With 72,668 fans taking in Jackson’s show, officials are said to be trying to break their own record.

More acts are expected to be announced in coming weeks. Tickets can be purchased now.


  1. Sounds like a great line up so far, and those are hard numbers to beat.

  2. 2011 will top and break all previous records…Kanye will make sure of that! Plus, it’s a great mix with three artists with a strong touring following…Jill fans will come out who normally don’t attend the festival and Mary’s people are loyal and Fanstasia is always a showstopper and many will come…Trey Songz is so hot right now, tickets on sale too…it’s a done deal…2011 will slay!

  3. no way are they shattering records the only one of those three that is a headliner is Mary J.

  4. Surely they can find somebody else … Jill and Mary were both there last year weren’t they?

  5. I went last year for the 6th time attending and it was BY FAR, the best Essence that I’ve ever attended. There is a reason why many of these performers are repeats. They tore it up last year. Jill came on before Mary last year and the audience did not want her to leave the stage. But, Essence keeps a tight schedule. So I can see why she’s a headliner. Mary no question is headlining. Fantasia is not. No way. My dream headliners would be Mary, Jill, and Janet.

  6. Mary J and Kanye are the 2 headlines so far Fantasia and Jill are not headliners people lol

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