Kendrick Lamar

The first round of performers for the 2015 Essence Festival has been announced.

This year, the line-up includes Mary J. Blige, Kevin Hart, Common, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar, who will make his festival debut.  The big event will take place in New Orleans from July 2-5.

Comedian Kevin Hart will headline the Essence “Now Playing” Concert on July 2.

Additional acts confirmed, include India.Arie, Floetry, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, SZA, Raheem DeVaughn and others.

More performers will be announced int he coming weeks.

Playing host will be Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Luenell.