The only other time the icon has performed at Essence was in 2004. He previously attended the festival as a backstage guest, checking out the entire production to see if he would be interested in performing again.
“Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the Essence Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting,” Essence president Michelle Ebanks exclaimed.
The remaining 2014 headliners are set to be unveiled within the next few months.
Event tickets are already on sale now and can be purchased at essencefestival.com.