The ESSENCE Festival® announces Queen Latifah with Missy Elliott for mainstage Ladies First performance


Her First-Ever Louisiana Superdome Mainstage Performance at the 2018 Essence Festival® On Saturday, July 7th

The ESSENCE Festival® is excited to announce that Queen Latifah will feature special guest multi-GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Missy Elliott as part of her first-ever mainstage Ladies First performance set on Saturday, July 7th, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Joining Elliott for the star-studded performance will be Remy Ma, MC Lyte and Nikki D. Elliott, whose previous Festival mainstage performance took place in 2015, joins a long list of legendary performers that will take center stage at this year’s Festival—which is quickly lining up to be an exciting weekend of stellar live performances from artists including Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Miguel, as well as Saturday headliners Mary J. Blige, Xscape, Doug E. Fresh and many more. Additional artists will be announced soon. For more on the Festival’s full line up, as well as ticket information, please visit:

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The ESSENCE Festival® is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc., and is produced by Solomon Group. Sponsors of the 2018 ESSENCE Festival® in New Orleans include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors AT&TFordMcDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart.