Rappers Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion will headline the iHeart Music Festival, bringing together The Hotties and The Barbies for an explosion of black gir
. Nicki Minaj Headlining The Essence Festival Nicki Minaj will also headline the second day of this years Essence Festalongside iconic performers, including the legendary Janet Jackson, and New Edition. ESSENCE is very selective about the rap artists who perform on their stage, only inviting those who are culturally relevant and empowering to their black, female audience. Furthermore, Nicki being included on the bill may indicate a shift from the Queen of the Barbz to an intentionally less explicit but no less sexy or empowering message.