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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 / 1 Comment

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



About 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 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 for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.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 Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & 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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