The annual Essence Festival made its way through New Orleans this weekend for another year filled with performances by legendary stars and tomorrow's icons. Held every year in New Orleans since 1995 (except in 2006, when the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina forced a temporary move to Houston), the four-day extravaganza, as usual, was one for the books. Here, the best photos from the concerts held each night at the Louisiana Superdome.Paras Griffin/WireImage IDRIS ELBA SHOWS OFF HIS DJ SKILLS Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence THE LEGENDARY MARY J. BLIGE
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