Credit: Ida Mae AstuteDiana Ross is set to make her first appearance at the Essence Festival next year. The pop-soul legend will be one of the headliners at the 23rd annual edition of the star-studded event, which takes place June 30 to July 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The initial lineup of the Essence Festival 2017 also includes Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Solange, Doug E. Fresh, Lalah Hathaway, Jazmine Sullivan, Master P and Michel’le. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

“This year’s festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” says Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the festival for the first time.”

Next year’s Essence Festival will take place across five stages at the Superdome.

Weekend ticket packages for the event go on sale Friday, December 16, at 10 a.m. CT. For more information go to the

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