Beyoncé to headline this year's Essence Festival



Kid Rock, Britney, now Beyoncé...lots of New Orleans-related celebrity news today (and we didn't even touch Brad and Angelina's date at Elmwood last night). We'll just quote here:

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, next year's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans is featuring a 15 percent discount on select tickets through Jan. 31, 2009. Beyoncé will make her third appearance at the Essence Fest by headlining the 2009 edition, which will take place July 3-5. Additional performers will be announced soon. Organizers hope the upcoming edition of Essence is just as triumphant as this past July's, which was its most successful ever and hosted more than 270,000 attendees.

To hold you over until July, take a gander at the trailer for Beyoncé's latest, the Etta James bio-pic Cadillac Records, then tell us whether she "performs dynamic versions of Etta James classics and delivers the dramatic goods" or "doesn't seem to have splurged on acting lessons since her wooden turn in Dreamgirls":

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