• Brittanie G.

Well That's a First! Queen Latifah Celebrates 30 years at Essence Fest 2018

With the 2018 Essence Musical Festival quickly approaching, ticket sales are flying through the roof after the announcement of the best musical lineup of the summer.

The Essence Music Festival, more commonly known as “Essence Fest,” first started in 1995 as the largest celebration of black culture and entertainment. The celebration continues this fourth of July weekend for the 2018 Essence Fest. The weekend long celebration brings together over 400,000 attendees from all over the world to enjoy life changing empowerment seminars, live interviews, high energy fitness classes, art expos, fashion shows, educational workshops, community service opportunities, and live performances from the biggest names in the music entertainment industry.

This year, the festival will kick off with entertainment from actor and comedian, Roy Wood Jr. followed by hip hop legend, Doug E. Fresh. The mainstage will also present performances by Miguel, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Xscape.

On July 7, 2018, a special “Ladies First” performance will heat up the night by bringing together hip-hop legends, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Remy Ma, MC Lyte, and Nikki D. This special performance will be the first ever appearance of Queen Latifah on the Essence Music Festival stage. Fans are excited to see Queen Latifah on the music festival lineup after Latifah’s starring role in the 2017 comedy, Girls Trip, which also starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. The film grossed more than 140 million dollars worldwide and had everyone ready to pack their bags for New Orleans for a girls trip of their own. Although the film may have been the driving factor of Queen Latifah’s first appearance on this year’s Essence Music Festival stage, it is no doubt that the Queen of Hip Hop’s performance is much anticipated and is well deserved.

The New Jersey born rapper, songwriter, actress, model and producer, has been entertaining since 1989, when she released her debut album, All Hail the Queen, which featured the hit single, “Ladies First.” The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 charts, and was recognized as one of the 100 best rap albums by the The Source. The feminist anthem, “Ladies First,” was ranked #35 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Nearly thirty years later, Latifah names her first Essence Festival performance after her first hit single in celebration of her thirty year music career.

Essence Festival 2018 tickets are on sale now and you can check out the full list of performances below.

2018 Essence Music Festival Lineup

Janet Jackson

Mary J. Blige

Erykah Badu

Jill Scott

Snoop Dogg

Daniel Caesar

Dave Hollister



Idris Elba


Marsha Ambrosius


Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience






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