NEW ORLEANS — The world’s largest R&B festival is upon us once again and, in urban America, that can only mean the Essence Music Festival in the Crescent City. Last year, another agglomeration of A-list entertainers thrilled the throngs inside the mammoth New Orleans Superdome including the likes of Kanye West, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, New Edition, Kem and many others.
The three-day venue has such prestige that is easily able to attract the creme de la creme of stars, and this coming year the anticipation — and the lineup — is once again top shelf. But before we launch into another round of Essence Fest that annually attracts some 500,000 urbanites and others onto Canal and Burbon streets and inside the Louisiana Convention Center, rolling out is taking a look back at the best photos from the Essence Music Festival 2011 and beyond.
Enjoy the pics below.
— terry shropshire