Essence Magazine is pulling out all the stops for its 25th anniversary. Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Pharrell, H.E.R., Teyana Taylor, Normani and Queen Naija were the first artists announced for its 2019 lineup. The three night concert will return to New Orleans Jul 4-7. Featuring more than 80 acts, the 2019 Essence Music Festival will also feature special performances marking the 25th anniversary of two seminal albums: Mary J. Blige’s “My Life” and Nas’ “Illmatic.” In addition, the festival will also pay tribute to singer Frankie Beverly. Anthony Hamilton, City Girls, Davido, Big Feedia, Ledisi, Jermaine Dupri, Jacquees, Nao, PJ Morton, El DeBarge, Sheila E., Big Daddy Kane and Teddy Riley will also take the stage at the Louisiana Superdome. Loni Love will host the event and music will be provided by DJ D-Nice. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.