Lauryn Hill, Jeezy and others are set to perform at Mary J. Blige‘s Strength of a Woman Festival this year.
The Queen of Hip Hop Soul’s festival — named after her 2017 album — is set to return to State Farm Arena in Atlanta on May 12 and May 13. Other artists on the lineup include Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Jadakiss, DJ Drama, Jodeci, Lucky Daye, Muni Long, Coco Jones and Summer Walker.
There’s also an evening with Robert Glasper, along with a live taping of Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast and a comedy night hosted by Mike Epps. Not only that, but the Sunday Service Collective will be there for a gospel brunch.
Mary J. Blige announced the lineup — which is headline by herself and Ms. Hill — on Wednesday (March 8) to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“I’m kicking off International Women’s Day with the 2nd annual @strengthofawomanfest + Summit in partnership with @pepsi,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m curating a never before seen MJB-Sides set celebrating #HipHop50 – all Hip Hop all night!
“@strengthofawomanfest + summit includes a 4 day experience with music, panels, comedy, a gospel brunch, a ball, parties and sooooo many surprises. Last year was great, this year will be EPIC!”
Launched in 2022, the Strength of a Woman festival was previously headlined by Mary J. Blige and also featured performances from Ella Mai, Chaka Khan, Xscape, City Girls, Queen Naija, Kiana Lede, Emotional Oranges, Sevyn Streeter, Baby Tate, Rubi Rose, Ms. Pat and many others.
Unlike last year’s lineup, though, the 2023 version has been expanded to also include male artists.
“I’m so excited to bring our Strength of a Woman Festival & Summit back to Atlanta for its second year,” Mary J. Blige said in a press release. “Having the opportunity to continue to uplift, inspire, and build amongst a community of women is the reason why we created this festival.
“I’m so grateful for all of the support from our performers and participants and of course Live Nation Urban, Pepsi and our additional partners who are committed to celebrating and creating community for Black women.”
Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman album was released in 2017. Since then, she’s dropped another album titled Good Morning Gorgeous.
Released in February 2022, the project featured Usher, Anderson .Paak, DJ Khaled, Dave East and Fivio Foreign, and received six nominations at the 2023 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best R&B Album.
Tickets for the Strength of a Woman Festival are available to purchase on the event’s website.