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Puff Daddy & The Family + Common Added To Essence Festival Lineup

By Teonny Spears / Published on Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016 15:49 PM / No Comments

The 2016 Essence Music Festival is getting a bigger and bigger by the minute, as Puff Daddy & The Family and Common have been added to the star-studded lineup.

The newly named artist joins previously announced performers, Lion Babe, The Internet, Leon Bridges, New Edition, Tyrese, MC Lyte, Dej Loaf and Kehlani – just to name a few.

Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Ciara and Maxwell, will serve as this year’s main headliners.

Take a look at the lineup below:

Essence Festival 2016

Friday, July 1, Mainstage: Maxwell, New Edition, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Tyrese, Faith Evans, Avery Wilson. Superlounges: Digable Planets, Daley, Eric Bellinger, Lion Babe, The Internet, Tweet, Estelle, Mali Music, V. Bozeman, Kelly Price, Zakes Bantwini, Skye Wanda.

Saturday, July 2, Mainstage: Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, Common, Estelle, Jeremih. Superlounges: Doug E. Fresh, Tink, Jidenna, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, Lalah Hathaway, Judith Hill, Wizkid, Lady Leshurr.

Sunday, July 3, Mainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy & The Family, Ciara, Andra Day. Superlounges: MC Lyte, Dej Loaf, Cyril Neville, Leon Bridges, Kehlani, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper, BJ The Chicago Kid, The Brand New Heavies, Little Simz.

The 2016 Essence Festival presented by Coca-Cola takes place June 30-July 3. Information about tickets and additional updates is available through



Teonny Spears
26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age because he simply didn't like getting dirty as a child, and preferred to stay inside.

His earlier writings consisted of short stories and poetry, and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk, a web-show that featured celebrity gossip, news, TV/movie talk and fashion. After 8 seasons and over 200 episodes, Teonny decided to end the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year.

In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing a multicultural exploration of art, entertainment, fashion and social issues through a mix of news and thought pieces. After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Pop Music, though he also dabbles in Fashion, TV/Film, Rap & introducing readers to new and rising talent.

Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.
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