The Essence Music Festival Lineup Announced

Arts and CultureThe Knux (music group)BeyonceNe-YoSheryl Lee RalphEric Benet

The 2009 lineup for the Essence Music Festival, scheduled July 3-5 in New Orleans, includes:

- Beyonce

- John Legend

- Ne-Yo

- Salt N Pepa

- Maxwell

- Teena Marie

- Anita Baker

- Al Green

- Robin Thicke

- Blind Boys of Alabama

- Big Sam's Funky Nation

- Brand New Heavies

- Dan Dyer

- DJ Soul Sister

- Eric Benet

- En Vogue

- Irvin Mayfield

- Janelle Monae

- Keri Hilson

- Lalah Hathaway

- Ledisi

- Marva Wright

- Preservation Hall Jazz Band

- Raphael Saadiq

- Rebirth Brass Band

- Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

- The Knux

- Trombone Shorty

- Zap Mama

Motivational speakers and panelists include:

- Dr. Juanita Bynum

- Roland Martin

- Bishop T.D. Jakes

- Bill Cosby

- Donna Brazile

- Tom Joyner

- Hill Harper

- Sheryl Lee Ralph

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