This year's Essence Music Festival was the 18th anniversary of the event, which features nightly concerts at the Superdome and free, daily "empowerment" seminars and community events at the city's convention center.
A fourth day was added this year to focus on youth and the next generation of stars, including Diggy Simmons, the OMG Girlz and Roshon Fegan.
Headliners included Aretha Franklin, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Trey Songz, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, comedian Kevin Hart and D'Angelo.
Aaron J from RedCarpetImages.net was at the concerts and behind the scenes to get you some of the best pictures from the event.
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Kevin Hart and Trey Songz
The R&B Divas (Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Monifah, Keke Wyatt, and Syleena Johnson)
Roland Martin dances in the Superdome crowd
The Superdome crowd
Tyrese and Tank
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