According to an announcement from Essence, the 2019 Essence Awards show will be packed with some of the 21st century’s best performers such as Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Pharrell Williams, 702, City Girls and more this upcoming July 4th weekend to celebrate 25 years of Essence.

Speaking on this year’s festival, Michelle Ebanks, the Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications said, “When the Essence Festival was founded 25 years ago, it marked a pivotal moment of vision and reverence – a critical acknowledgment of an investment in the power of our culture. In the years since it has set a standard that many other festivals have aspired to, and today, the Essence Festival has grown to represent an annual homecoming for Black artists from across the globe. In honor of our 25th anniversary, nearly 30 artists per night over 3 epic nights will come together to mount the world’s largest and most extraordinary cultural celebration. To one and all, we say, ‘Welcome to Essence. Welcome home.’”