ALL CROPS: Diana Ross (460122740) & Mary J. Blige (607001642) split
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Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige are hitting the stage as headliners at the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans next summer.

The 23rd annual event will take place at the Louisiana Superdome from June 30 to July 2, with additional performances by Chaka Khan, Doug E Fresh, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, June’s Diary, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Master P, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, Ro James, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, Solange, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet, Yuna, and more that will be announced soon.

“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,” Essence President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement. “It is an honor to welcome the inimitable Diana Ross to the Festival for the first time. Plus, Festival veteran Mary J. Blige is back to share Strength of a Woman with her most passionate fans.”

Weekend tickets for the festival go on sale Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. ET and prices will start at $126. For more information about ticket sales and performances visit